When employees improperly use mobile devices, they put their companies at risk for data breaches. This includes leaving lots of sensitive data on the devices–which can pave the way to leakage of data, plus other issues.
Mobile device use in workplaces is increasing, and so is its associated security risks. Current security measures are lagging behind the increased rate of mobile device use in the corporate realm.
One study not only showed that a lot of company information was left on handsets, but personal information as well was left on, putting employees at risk for personal compromises.
This small study demonstrates a clear need for improved guidelines and policies governing smartphone use and security of the devices. This becomes even more relevant as businesses turn more to cloud storage for data.
Non-approved software-as-a-service (SaaS) apps, used by employees, is widespread, according to a McAfee study. These apps are not approved by the company’s IT department. Employees can easily bypass the IT department by using the cloud.
The study showed:
Employees may not realize that their chosen SaaS apps are poorly safeguarded. Such employees aren’t malicious; they’re just trying to be more efficient. Businesses need to find the right balance of protecting themselves yet allowing employees to use apps for increased productivity.
An ideal situation would be to monitor SaaS apps and apply policies that do not inhibit employees’ ability to be productive.
A recent Forbes article got my attention and the authors solutions make good business sense.
Your entire web surfing session will then be protected. All of your connections will be secured. This will eliminate some of the aggravation for your company’s IT department.
To learn more about how to best secure your corporate network(s) be sure to check out our Top 10 Mobile Device Management Software report and collected blog posts on BYOD and mobile device management.
[This post originally appeared on Robert Siciliano’s blog and is republished with permission.]