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7 enterprise mobile security best practices

Ed Tittel | Feb. 14, 2014
There's no denying the potential for mobile devices to improve efficiencies and lower costs for workers in industries of all types. You also can't deny the potential security vulnerabilities that mobile devices present. These seven tips will help you secure your mobile environment without placing a burden on your workforce.

6. Choose (or Require) Secure Mobile Devices, Help Users Lock Them Down
Mobile devices should be configured to avoid unsecured wireless networks, and Bluetooth should be hidden from discovery. In fact, when not in active use for headsets and headphones, Bluetooth should be disabled altogether. Prepare a recommended configuration for personal mobile devices used for work - and implement such configurations before the intended users get to work on their devices.

7. Perform Regular Mobile Security Audits, Penetration Testing
At least once a year, companies and organizations should hire a reputable security testing firm to audit their mobile security and conduct penetration testing on the mobile devices they use. Such firms can also help with remediation and mitigation of any issues they discover, as will sometimes be the case. Hire the pros to do unto your mobile devices what the bad guys will try to do unto you sooner or later, though, and you'll be able to protect yourself from the kinds of threats they can present.

Security, Mobile or Otherwise, Is a State of Mind
While mobile security may have its own special issues and challenges, it's all part of the security infrastructure you must put in place to protect your employees, your assets and, ultimately, your reputation and business mission. By taking appropriate steps to safeguard against loss and mitigate risks, your employees and contractors will be able to take advantage of the incredible benefits that mobile devices can bring to the workplace.

Just remember the old adage about an ounce of prevention. That way, you're not saddled with costs or slapped with legal liabilities or penalties for failing to exercise proper prudence, compliance and best practices.


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