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Secure Mobility Basics

Secure Mobility Basics

Smartphones, tablets, and applications, along with other mobile gadgets, are flooding into the average workplace and represent some of the more common threats to information security across sectors and regions. It might seem as though mobility security is a highly complex and worrisome topic, but the truth is that relatively simple fortifications can go a long way in protecting an agency from threats targeted at these devices and software.

According to CIO Magazine, all mobile-enabled enterprises risk breaches unless IT managers put together a well-thought-out security policy with tools to enforce it. Here are seven security capabilities that are essential:

  1. Secure remote access: sets up a private, encrypted connection between mobile devices and the organization’s network, making information transferred over the connection indecipherable by hackers.
  1. Encryption: can protect data even if a stolen device has no password on it.
  1. Data leakage protection: helps eliminate the intentional or inadvertent transfer of data from a mobile device.
  1. Remote wipe: provides IT Management with the ability to access a device remotely and erase the data on it.
  1. Identity and access management: validates which device is accessing the network, who the user is and where the device is located.
  1. Policy management: drives long-term security, defining users’ roles, what devices they have and what applications and data they can access under what conditions.
  1. Compliance reporting: provides easy access to everything in the mobile security environment: users, devices, applications, rights and more.

With these seven security capabilities in place, a mobile-enabled enterprise is better able to provide the services users demand while protecting the organization from threats.