Too often we hear reports of businesses falling victim to security breaches and losing sensitive data to vicious viruses resulting in compromised client and customer information. As a result, data security is no longer a responsibility solely placed on the shoulders of the IT department. Many businesses now have a heightened sense of awareness regarding how information is shared both internally and externally. Especially in an “bring your own device” or BYOD era where employees’ personal devices also act as their business device, understanding the implications of malware and malicious hackers is critical.
A couple weeks ago, we discussed the rising trend in mobile adoption within manufacturing, highlighting the efficiencies mobile apps provide and the increased use of consumer devices among younger, more tech savvy executives. While mobile device integration in the workplace provides greater employee flexibility and productivity, recent findings from Cisco’s 2013 Annual Security Report (ASR) show that the most common sites visited by employees, such as retail and social media webpages, produce the most significant amount of malware.
After reviewing the security report, TechJournal reported, “Security risks rise in businesses because many employees adopt “my way” work lifestyles in which their devices, work and online behavior mix with their personal lives virtually anywhere — in the office, at home and everywhere in between.”
For IT departments on the front lines of keeping the infrastructure safe from security threats, the task becomes more difficult once employees introduce multiple personal devices into the network.
So how can you ensure that your sensitive company information is safe?
If viewing financial information via an app or mobile web browsers, ensure your device has proper security features and has been approved by your company’s finance and IT departments. When dealing with sensitive financial information on invoices and billing forms, security is essential to avoid theft and other malicious attacks.
Many mobile devices have automatic updates that flag when an operating system upgrade is available. When you update your mobile operating system you will have access to the most up-to-date security features to protect your phone and data.
When traveling or working remotely, having access to Wi-Fi can be imperative to staying connected. Only join secure Wi-Fi hotspots that require users input a password before having access to the network. An open internet connection can be easily compromised and doesn’t provide any security to those working within the network.
As the BYOD trend continues to gain momentum, we will be sure to keep you updated with tips to keep your business safe. We encourage you to read the full article here and share your thoughts with us in the comments section.