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Mobile Threats Targeting Your Small Business

Computers aren’t the only devices that are at risk for security breaches. Small to midsized business (SMB) owners must be prepared to protect their companies from cyberattacks that target mobile devices, too. With more than 80% of employees using their personal phones, laptops, and tablets for business, the now standard practice of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has significantly increased the number of threats to data security.

Risk of Unsecured Device Use

Hackers are increasingly leveraging mobile apps and devices to access and compromise personal and business data.

In fact, the number of malware threats that target mobile devices has tripled in less than one year, reports Kaspersky Labs.

Mobile technology has transformed every employee into a walking security vulnerability at work, at home, and on the go. Whether connecting to unsecured public Wi-Fi networks, misplacing their devices, or clicking suspicious links, human error provides cybercriminals and identity thieves unwitting access to confidential business data.

Refresh Your Mobile Device Security

Whether employees are asked to use their own devices, or they are company-issued, creating a Mobile Device Policy can significantly reduce vulnerability. Your company’s policy will vary based on your industry, the level of personal client information you collect and store, and the individual employee (and perhaps even partner) access granted to sensitive information. For starters, encourage your employees to regularly update their operating systems to the latest version.

Investing in a mobile cybersecurity solution that pairs with identity theft protection is a powerful option for enhancing your company’s security processes.

Create Your Mobile Device Policy

  • Set rules about what business work can be done on personal devices and what work should be done only on company-owned devices.
  • Request that employees opt-in to a “Find My Device” service to remotely locate and securely erase devices if they are lost or stolen.
  • Require that all devices be password protected.

Read more spring cleaning tips in Part 1: Document Security. Stay tuned next month for Part 3 of our spring cleaning for your small business series.

Tips to Protect Your Business Devices

  1. Invest in a private, secure Wi-Fi network for your business. Password protected Wi-Fi deters hacking into your business devices.
  2. Proactively safeguard devices with innovative Mobile Threat Defense. Stay ahead of vulnerabilities with proactive alerts, controls, and recovery efforts.
  3. Conduct regular security training and testing. Ensure employees are following your security protocols and reward those who are keeping devices secure.