Integrating a mobile strategy into a business undoubtedly raises a myriad of security risks, and the rise of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) creates even more challenges.
Even if you don’t have an enterprise app, it’s reported that 67 of workers already use their personal devices for work purposes. It’s a growing trend that can’t be ignored and if you haven’t put a secure system in place it’s putting your business at risk.
BYOD – Bring Your Own Device
The practice of allowing the employees of an organisation to use their own computers, smartphones or other devices for work purposes.
Supporting BYOD in the first place not only significantly reduces your expenditure, but users are already accustomed to their own devices, making it easier to complete their tasks anywhere at any time. They are more invested in their own devices and can customise them to meet their own needs or update without having to go through lengthy corporate processes.
However, if employees are using personal devices for work, they’re managing their own security settings, making it impossible for IT departments to gain access to these devices. An unsecured device that accesses a company network or allows other apps to interact with backend services, significantly increases the risk of mobile malware.
In addition to connectivity challenges, mobile theft and data hacking are continually on the rise, and the potential for data loss is huge. Experienced hackers can easily get into a stolen mobile, access sensitive data on the device and the systems they have access to.
MAM – Mobile Application Management
A term that refers to software and services used to secure, manage and distribute mobile applications used in enterprise settings on mobile.
Mobile Application Management refers to management of the app rather than the device. So if your staff are working on the move, and accessing your company data directly from their devices you need to look at the app’s security settings. If you’re using an off the shelf application this becomes quite difficult as you may not have control over how the app exchanges information with your core systems. If you have a bespoke enterprise app, you can ensure the relevant security settings are in place during development.
Having your own bespoke business app, allows employees to access your systems remotely through a completely controlled and secured gateway. You can manage precisely how the devices interact with your core systems and prevent data loss. By ensuring the app has the relevant security settings, and making it “device risk-aware” you can restrict certain functionalities, remove sensitive data and prevent access to the enterprise resources when required.
There are a number of functions you can integrate into your app dependant on your security requirements to remove any risks and depending on the sensitivity of your data you can vary the level of security for your app. It’s important to note that if significant security is required you will need to set aside additional budget. Your development agency will be able to address any concerns you may have.
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