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Amshire IT’s Dave Taylor shares his four simple ways you can make sure employee’s mobile devices don’t pose a cybersecurity risk for your organisation.
Do your team members use their personal mobile devices at work? If so, you need to make sure those are secure.
Why, you may ask? It’s pretty simple. If a team member’s device gets infected by malware…
And that team member uses that infected device to send an email to everyone in the office…
Guess what? That could result in a full-blown cybersecurity issue! I wish I could say that I was exaggerating… But unfortunately, I’m not.
So, how can you secure their mobile devices? The first step is to educate everyone about this issue.
Then, get your whole team to do the following 4 easy-peasy steps:
1. Ensure their mobile OS is constantly up to date
The primary purpose of updating the OS is to repair security vulnerabilities. When mobile devices run on an outdated OS, they are more at risk of being exploited by cybercriminals.
2. Remind them to be careful when connecting to public Wi-Fi networks
Cybercriminals often use free public Wi-Fi networks for their nefarious schemes. That means they can obtain the personal and confidential company data of anyone using that same network. If your team needs to use a password-free Wi-Fi network, they should use a virtual private network (VPN).
3. Make your team install business apps only on company-issued devices
Establish a rule where only essential business apps can be installed on company-issued mobile devices. Failing to do so could lead your team to install apps with malicious advertising codes.
4. Enable phone tracking tools
Get your team to install a device-tracking app, such as GPS Phone Tracker for Android and Find My iPhone for iOS devices. You can also download an app that deletes data on stolen devices.
With these apps in place, you’ll have peace of mind that if one of your team member’s phone is stolen or lost, sensitive data is safe from cybercriminals.