As mobile devices become more powerful and openly accessible, data is easier to access and share. Many business owners see the benefits of mobile devices in the workplace and either encourage the use of or, supply devices to their staff. As employees go about their daily lives, confidential company information travels with them. This raises concerns for the IT teams responsible for mobile security.
Security issues associated with mobile devices have now evolved from a concern into a core IT service. In fact, Visiongain recently forecast that the mobile security market will reach $4.5 billion in 2014. This figure is further supported by market researcher Gartner, which predicts that by 2018, 70% of roaming professionals will perform work-related activity on BYOD devices.
If a device is lost or stolen, infected by malware, or company policies are not respected, how are companies supposed to know, let alone secure these devices?
Technology used to support Mobile Security
The first step is to evaluate the technology already inbuilt within these devices and understand how this technology works.
Location Services are standard on most modern mobile devices and utilize inbuilt instruments to estimate a device’s current location. These estimates leverage GPS satellites, Wi-Fi networks and mobile networks to generate coordinates.
Application Management features list all applications installed on a device and allow users to remove applications directly from the list.
Password/Screen Lock settings can be set to protect and limit access to devices. Conventionally, these passwords can be set as numeric, alphabetic, alphanumeric or even a unique lock pattern depending on the device manufacturer.
Factory Reset is a standard feature that deletes all data stored on a device and optionally also the SD card to bring the device back to the same state as when it was first powered on.
How to Safeguard Mobile Security with 2X MDM
2X has addressed these issues with the release of 2X MDM version 8. 2X Mobile Device Management leverages the technological capabilities of these devices to provide a solution that allows IT administrators to manage, track and secure mobile devices from a central management portal.
Using Location Services the administrator can view the current whereabouts of one or multiple devices and even where they have been or pinpoint where they should go next. Similarly, by leveraging stock Application Management capabilities, the administrator can also view all applications currently installed on one or all devices and even request that apps are removed.
Avoid the risk of unprotected devices falling into the wrong hands by setting a password policy, secured with a Password/Screen Lock complexity of your choice. Finally, if a device is abused or compromised, instantly remote lock or - in extreme cases - Factory Reset the device with a remote wipe command.References Safeguard Mobile Security: http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2466615 Safeguard Mobile Security: https://www.visiongain.com/Report/1231/Mobile-Security-(mSecurity)-Market-Forecast-2014-2024 Safeguard Mobile Security: https://support.google.com/coordinate/answer/2569281?hl=en Safeguard Mobile Security: http://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/mobile-security-market-set-to-hit-188-billion/ Safeguard Mobile Security: https://www.abiresearch.com/market-research/service/cyber-security/ Safeguard Mobile Security: https://www.abiresearch.com/market-research/product/1015133-mobile-security-services/ Safeguard Mobile Security: http://www.esecurityplanet.com/mobile-security/mobile-security-software-market-to-reach-3.4-billion-by-2018.html Safeguard Mobile Security: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/26/ca-infonetics-research-idUSnBw255862a+100+BSW20140426 Safeguard Mobile Security: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_security Safeguard Mobile Security: http://www.webpronews.com/mobile-security-industry-to-grow-fast-soon-2013-08