The ability to go mobile for your business is incredibly beneficial. There are so many opportunities open to you with tablets, laptops and smartphones. Employees can take their work with them anywhere with the help of cloud applications and sales professionals can keep their client relationships in great condition with a mobile CRM. But there is also great risk in enterprise mobility. Many companies put security on the back burner for a variety of reasons, but if your employees are mobile, you need the some basic enterprise mobility security in place.
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First thing’s first: you need to have a mobile use policy in place. Whether you are using a BYOD or corporate device policy, measures need to be implemented so users know what to do and what not to do.
Encryption and SSO
Utilizing encryption into your applications is imperative for enterprise mobility security. An IT team can easily manage the encryption process to create a secure workspace that is easy for users to work with. Consider single sign-on (SSO) makes it easy for users to access everything they need and ensures data will be locked when they sign off.
Data leakage protection (DLP) helps ensure nothing is accidentally downloaded to a device. It allows users to only view important documents without saving them. This is helpful in case the device is hacked or stolen.
If you have a large number of users, compliance reporting will send you a report of all activity that occurs on mobile devices related to your business. This helps identify problem areas and train employees on best practices.
The ability to remote wipe is necessary when you are supplying the devices. In case of a data breach or stolen device, remote wipe allows you to dump all of the important business data so unauthorized persons cannot get ahold of it. This is where cloud computing is handy – you can wipe without fear because all of your data is backed up.
For an additional resource on what you need for enterprise mobility security, read this whitepaper from Citrix on the why you need security and then 10 questions you should ask your IT provider.