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Recently a new OS update from Apple was launched to overcome some vulnerabilities that have been affecting all three forms of its software (macOS Monterey 12.5.1, iOS 15.6.1, and iPadOS 15.6.1). This vulnerability was a security flaw in all three forms of Apple's software that can be used by malicious applications to gain full control over an infected device.
Whilst mobile devices are reasonably secure they are by no means immune to malicious attacks. When this is considered alongside the way they are used in the real world they do in fact represent a significant security risk for organisations.
When it comes to your mobile device, you need a plan that will keep business information safe. A good first step is boosting security on these devices with the right tools - this article explores the essential practices for securing your companies mobile devices.
This article will cover the nine best practices in improving cybersecurity on mobile devices.
Before issuing tablets or smartphones to your teams, create an effective usage policy. Define rules about acceptable use and determine the penalties for violating them.
Your employees must be aware of the security risks and measures that can help them reduce the risks. They should know that they are the first line of defense against cybercrime.
Furthermore, be sure to develop a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy if you permit your team to use a personal device for business. Your company policy can include the following:
Updating Android and iOS operating systems improve overall user experience, but their most significant role is in addressing security vulnerabilities.
Therefore, install updates as soon as the developer rolls them out to reduce exposure to cybersecurity threats. Delaying it may give criminals enough time to attack your weaknesses and take advantage of outdated operating systems.
A complex password or PIN can help prevent cybercriminals from accessing mobile devices. Besides using alphanumeric combinations, you can also use facial or fingerprint recognition, depending on what suits your employees.
If you opt for digits and letters, don't share the combination with people outside your company. On top of that, be sure that your staff aren’t storing them on their phones. Unmarked folders and physical wallets are a much safer option.
Lenient download policies can allow your team members to install non-business apps. Downloading such apps might seem harmless, but they are also infamous for their harmful advertising codes and many other threats.
To mitigate this risk, tell your employees they can only download and use apps necessary for their roles.
Your team may need to use public Wi-Fi networks in emergencies to send crucial emails or schedule a meeting. However, connecting to such networks can expose confidential company information to cybercriminals using the same network.
The easiest way to minimise this risk is to provide a high-quality internet plan that features roaming services for your remote workers. But if there's no way to avoid public Wi-Fi connections, a reputable virtual private network (VPN) or secure global network (SGN) may do the trick. It can help shield your data by creating direct, secure links from your location to the intended website.
Losing company-issued mobile devices is unfortunate, but it's not the end of the world.
Enabling Android Phone Tracker, Find My Phone on iOS, or other device-tracking software can help locate your lost smartphones. Some programs also enable you to remove data on your stolen devices remotely.
Installing these apps takes a couple of minutes and gives you much-needed peace of mind. With it, even if your staff lose their mobile device, cybercriminals are less likely to get their hands on the content.
To ensure consistent For even more security across all your devices, you should really may want to integrate manage them with reliable MDM. Some of these provide a means It's an excellent way to separate personal and business information while allowing your IT lead team members to set up robust security measures on their devices.
In most cases, cloud-based software is the most affordable, flexible, and manageable type of MDM. Many platforms let you check out device information, update and manage apps, configure your devices, create usage restrictions, and remove content remotely.
If possible, implement MDM software so that it enforces security measures across all devices. As previously mentioned, this can include data encryption, strong passwords, and setting up containers to separate personal information from enterprise data.
Cybercriminals frequently employ SMS phishing to trick your team into clicking dangerous links. They pose as someone credible, asking your staff to share confidential information.
If your employees encounter such messages, they should delete them or alert the IT department. Another great idea is to avoid opening the SMS and block the sender.
Many threats can compromise your company due to employee errors. For example, a team member may not realise they're downloading a malicious app that allows thieves to steal data from their mobile devices.
Blocking and whitelisting can enable you to protect your employees from these risks by determining which sites and apps are safe.
On one hand, blocking certain applications can give your IT department peace of mind and alert them when someone tries to access those applications. Alternatively, whitelists can work great for highlighting the tools your team should prioritise over social media and games.
Securing your desktop computers and laptops only is a disaster waiting to happen.
Your employees may still use their mobile devices to send emails and share sensitive information. That's why shielding them from cybercriminals should be your top priority.
So, develop a strict usage policy and follow other recommended practices to make your team’s smartphones and tablets virtually impervious to data theft.
Our cybersecurity experts are here to help you stay safe online. If you have any questions or need more advice on how to protect your devices and data, get in touch with us. We’d be happy to share more tips and tricks with you! In the meantime, keep these nine best practices in mind when using your mobile devices.
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