Mobile Applications continue to be highly targeted by cyber criminals to steal personal data. The latest such vulnerability called StrandHogg 2.0 as reported by TechCrunch reminds us just how creative hackers can be by infecting a device simply by a user downloading an application from an app store such as Google Play. An updated report by Android Headlines estimates that over one billion devices have been infected. Another report in June 2019 by Positive Technologies uncovered that high-risk vulnerabilities were found in 38 percent of mobile applications for iOS and in 43 percent of Android applications.
Companies of all sizes allow employees to use mobile devices to access corporate applications and data. Allowing employees to work from anywhere with mobile devices increases overall productivity and flexibility. However, it also increases the overall risk to the company of a security breach.
To decrease the security risk of mobile devices used by employees, companies should allow only corporate applications on those devices. By using a unified endpoint management solution, companies can set and enforce policies that limit employees’ mobile use to corporate applications. Employees wanting to play Candy Crush can do so on devices that don’t access company assets.
Many companies know that they need a better endpoint protection solution, but, due to a shortage of budget and skills can’t manage it. In addition, there are so many different types of endpoint security solutions many companies don’t know what to look for or where to start.
We suggest that there are three things to look for.
1) Look at the unified endpoint security solutions.
Unified endpoint security solutions combine many of the functions that require many point solutions. In addition to the core policy management and endpoint protection service, look for a unified endpoint security solution that also has patch management, BYOD, vulnerability management, web security, email security, application security features, and robust threat detection and remediation capabilities.
2) Make sure the unified endpoint security solution applies to ALL the endpoints.
Today, endpoints include desktops, mobile phones, tablets, wearables, and IOT devices. Make sure the solution includes Mobile Device Management (MDM) functionality, but also desktops. That way you don’t need multiple solutions. Make sure there is the capability to bring you IoT and future IoT devices under control with the same unified endpoint security solution.
3) Having a “container” feature in your unified endpoint security solution will save you a lot of angst with your employees.
Employees may push back once their mobile device comes under IT control. To minimize the perceived disruption, the corporate environment on their phone can be separated from the personal use with a logical container. Personal usage can continue as usual and not be a threat or risk to the corporate data.
Many companies, especially mid-sized or smaller companies, don’t have the resources or skills to add more security products. For this case we suggest that you let an expert endpoint security services provider run your unified endpoint security solution for you. More and more, companies are choosing the managed security service model. With an endpoint security service managed by an MSSP, you get the skills needed for the best support.
There is no doubt that multiple mobile devices will be used to access corporate applications and data. Find a unified endpoint security solution that is right for you.
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