Mobile Device Security

We rarely leave home without our smartphones, tablets, or wearable devices. These mobile devices have become commonplace in many companies’ day-to-day operations. However, they require the same security protocols as traditional computer systems in order to sufficiently protect from cyber threats.

As employees link company email accounts, applications, and passwords to their smartphones and tablets, mobile devices hold sensitive information that must be protected. If an unauthorized user gains access to this information, a business’s data may be breached, drastically changing the company’s future.

Tablets and smartphones are at an increased risk of theft and, therefore, must be adequately password protected to prevent someone from accessing the device. A strong password is the first step in security.

Companies should establish a device usage policy, covering both company issued and personal smartphones, tablets, and wearable devices. A policy should detail acceptable and unacceptable use, as well as educate on the importance of cyber security.

Additionally, companies should complete regular risk assessments to evaluate their security liabilities. Regular reviews of a company’s risks will allow improvements to the mobile device policy and enhancements to security measures.

IBA Clients have free access to Mineral (formerly ThinkHR),  which offers cyber security training and resources. Additionally, their HR experts can answer questions related to mobile devices in the workplace. Please contact us if you need assistance accessing your account.

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