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3 Ways to Protect a Mobile Workforce from Security Threats

May 05, 2017

3 Ways to Protect a Mobile Workforce from Security Threats

 

Mobility is a must in the modern enterprise. Thanks to globalization and elevated customer and client expectations, business no longer runs 9-5, and business is no longer tethered to the office desk at HQ; information workers need to be available, accessible, and able to work on a far more flexible basis than before. That's where mobility comes in—but mobility can also expose your mobile workforce to some serious security threats. Here are three ways to protect a mobile workforce from security threats.

1. Secure their mobile devices with robust endpoint security solutions

Desktops and laptops aren't the only endpoints the enterprise needs to secure anymore, because they’re not the only endpoints that cybercriminals target anymore. In fact, mobile malware has been on the rise for several years now. This creates significant problems for any organization that authorizes mobile devices—especially BYOD devices—to access corporate networks, applications, or data. Your customers' first step in protecting their mobile workforce from security threats should be securing workers' corporate- and personally-owned mobile devices from viruses and malware, and a variety of solutions now exist for doing just that.

2. Secure their mobile work applications

Speaking of personally owned devices that can access corporate data, what employees do with that data while on their smartphones and tablets can be problematic, too. Many mobile apps make use of the cloud to store documents created and edited in those apps. If employees are using mobile apps to create work documents or inputting sensitive corporate or customer data into cloud-based mobile applications, those documents and that data become vulnerable to exposure should the cloud application provider suffer a breach. Help your customers prevent shadow IT disasters by steering them towards Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solutions that offer dedicated productivity applications wrapped in enterprise-grade security.

3. Educate their employees

Finally, even with the two measure above implemented, corporations can still experience data breaches. That's because, at the end of the day, the employee himself is the biggest vulnerability in a mobile workforce's security posture. Targeted scams like spearphishing and drive-by malware installation (where users follow tempting links to websites that then install malware on their devices) take advantage of most people's poor cybersecurity practices, such as using the same login credentials for multiple services and clicking links without first verifying their safety. Communicate these risks to your customers and offer to provide basic cybersecurity seminars to their employees. The more informed a worker is and the clearer the risks are presented to the worker, the less likely it will be for the worker to use unsafe Internet browsing or communication practices.

A number of threats exist, all waiting to compromise a mobile workforce's security and steal or expose valuable corporate data. Luckily, a number of solutions also exist. Show your customers that you have expertise in protecting a mobile workforce from security threats, and you'll reap the rewards.

Are you ready to protect a mobile workforce from security threats? If you don’t feel you are, talk to one of our security experts today to learn what you need to know.