In recent years it has become increasingly common for employees to use mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, in the workplace. Unfortunately, with this practice comes an increased risk of mobile cybercrime, which can affect not just the device itself, but can leave your entire corporate network open to cyberattack. Whether this takes the form of a data breach, malware, ransomware or denial-of-service attacks, the costs to your business can be significant. Here are some measures you can take to reduce the risk of your business falling prey to mobile cybercrime.
- Develop a robust mobile device policy– This is important for any company that provides employees with mobile devices, but arguably even more vital for business that adopt a “bring your own device” (BYOD) policy for employees. You are more likely to fall victim to mobile cybercrime if you allow unmanaged devices access to your corporate network. Your policy should be a robust but sensible compromise between protecting the security of your network and data and your employees’ privacy. Good mobile device management solutions will give you control over how employees access your network and provide protection against cyberattack.
- Deploy security software– Implement reputable, enterprise-grade mobile security software across all devices that will connect to your network, whether they are owned by the business, or belong to employees operating under a BYOD policy. You should also consider setting up a Virtual Private Network (VPN), which provides another layer of security via data encryption.
- Employee training– Policy and software solutions can only go so far in protecting against cybercrime. One of the strongest solutions to the risk of mobile cyberattack is to ensure your employees at all levels are aware of and know how to recognize potential cybersecurity risks, and what to do should they become aware of a threat. We can’t stress this enough – cybersecurity isn’t just a matter for IT and security teams; every employee who uses a mobile device to connect to a business network has a part to play in protecting against cybercrime. It isn’t enough to train just once, either – you should schedule regular training sessions to keep employees up to date on the latest cybercrime
Here at TH2 Technologies, we have years of experience in helping businesses of all sizes implement solutions to protect against mobile cybercrime and other types of cyberattack. Contact us today to discuss how we can help your organization stay secure.