Best Practices for Mobile Device Security

Enterprise Security Magazine | Monday, January 03, 2022

Organizations cannot deploy mobile devices without taking security into mind. To manage mobile device and data security, IT administrators should follow several best practices.

Fremont, CA: IT administrators are responsible for allowing employees to work from their mobile devices, but they must prioritize mobile security over end-user experience. IT administrators must consider how to bring devices into a secure, productive state while also ensuring that the onboarding process is straightforward, minimally invasive, and simplified for end users. They must also ensure that users can do all necessary productivity tasks in a safe setting.

To guarantee that these goals are met, mobile administrators should adopt the following mobile device security best practices:

Using an MDM to manage mobile devices

Mobile device management should be considered by any organization that allows mobile devices access to corporate data. When it comes to safeguarding mobile devices, MDM is an IT administrator's first line of defense.

enable policies to prevent data loss

Users need a variety of apps on their mobile devices to do their tasks; thus, IT administrators must guarantee that no corporate data is copied and accessed in an unmanaged or untrusted app. To prevent company data from being saved locally to the device, organizations can utilize app protection and DLP rules. IT administrators can also prohibit data transfer.

Remote device lock and wipe policies for corporate and BYOD devices

When a mobile device is suspected of being lost or stolen, the business can take steps to protect data, such as wiping data, resetting the device, or locking it. When it comes to BYOD situations, this type of regulation can be tricky; not everyone loves the concept of giving IT so much control over personal devices. Google and Apple, on the other hand, have recently updated their systems to solve this issue.

With mobile threat defense, companies can keep track of device compliance and automate the process

MDM is a management platform that includes device-level security measures, however, it may be unable to identify and prevent assaults from rogue apps, networks, and phishing. There has been a rise in phishing attempts against mobile devices over the last year. Mobile devices, like desktop operating systems, are still endpoints, and IT must safeguard them in many of the same ways. Mobile Threat Defense solutions detect man-in-the-middle attacks through Wi-Fi, identify unusual behavior on a device, and search for malware, malicious apps, and mobile phishing assaults in real-time. It can then fix problems using a variety of approaches, including shutting down the device's Wi-Fi or cellular connection to prevent future data leaking or working with an MDM to quarantine a device.