Mobile Security – An Imperative While Maintaining Employee Productivity
The use of mobile devices has exploded over the last few years. The arrival of lightweight laptops and powerful
Smartphones has accelerated the trend, giving employees the ability to be productive even when out of the
office. It is estimated that by the year 2013, mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common web access
device worldwide. And while over 700 million people now own a Smartphone, it is predicted that by 2017 this
figure will have skyrocketed beyond 3 billion!
Although the general capital outlay is decreasing, it is at the terrible expense of security, privacy and control. The
employees use these mobile devices for downloading company email, connecting to company resources, and
potentially storing sensitive company information. And as the number of mobile devices grows, security breaches
will also be inevitable. Vulnerabilities, design flaws, protocol failures in any component of mobile applications,
mobile devices and mobile infra components can directly impact the security. Hence taking a holistic view of
mobile security and its components is critical.
While the proliferation of mobile devices may do wonders for productivity, it can give IT managers and security
professionals a host of new problems to deal with. Not only do all these devices need to be secured against
unauthorized use, but they also need to be safeguarded against the loss/theft of the device itself. Organizations
need to have complete mobile security to address issues such as, What happens to company information when an
employee leaves the company or theft of the mobile device etc. Securing your mobile device against malicious
attacks is as important as safeguarding your PC or notebook. Data protection is important as the data stored on an
unsecure device can easily be compromised.
One false step can cost you more than a list of phone numbers, that’s why it is essential to take the right
precautions to stay in tune with the latest mobile security. Mobile devices are susceptible to loss and theft. You
may be able to replace the device with a new one, but you will never be able to get all your important data back
unless you have backed it up. Backing up your data manually everyday can be difficult, but with an effective
mobile security solution, all your important data can be backed up securely and automatically!
To be secure, partner with a mobile security service provider who can help organizations deploy secure mobile
applications on different platforms and environments. It is also advantageous if these service providers secure
design methodology for mobile applications, extensive experience in cryptography that can help secure data
storage, securely deploy protocols like SMS, USSD, 3G, GPRS and WAP and reduce software re-engineering and
compliance costs in the mobility era.
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