Top 7 Risks of Enterprise Mobility
Security in Enterprise MobilityVirtually every study that has explored the impediments to enterprise mobility and BYOD programs cites security concerns as the primary roadblock. To understand the security risks inherent in mobile, consider that your organization has as many devices out in the world as you have employees, if not more. Assuming each of those devices has 32 to 64 MB of memory, how much information do you stand to lose, or have compromised, if that device is lost or falls into the wrong hands?
More and more devices now connect to an organization’s internal network, and access corporate content caches and business applications. If these devices are not monitored or governed, which many are not in BYOD programs, they can hurt your company’s compliance status and expose your network to threats.
The damage such threats can do is not cheap, either. Several studies have examined the cost of mobile security threats — one study by the Ponemon Institute estimated a cost of $250 per lost record. Similarly, Symantec’s State of Mobility Survey estimated the cost of a mobile breach at $429,000 for an enterprise and $126,000 for a small business. Those figures include costs such as lost productivity, lost data, harm to the brand, lack of customer trust, and direct financial costs.
Implementing appropriate mobile security measures is clearly a business imperative, but it also requires striking a balance between risk management and productivity. Lax security measures can cause financially devastating breaches, but excessive security can smother workers, impeding their work rather than facilitating it. The top risks of enterprise mobility include:
This is generally the biggest concern for businesses when it comes to deploying an enterprise mobility solution. While Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has brought so many benefits for businesses, including the likes of increased productivity and cost saving, it has also brought with it many security challenges.
Adopting a BYOD strategy can lead to security risks, especially among enterprise CIO’s. Keeping sensitive corporate information secure is critical and therefore you can’t be too careful when it comes to BYOD.
Enterprise mobility management solutions will ensure business information is kept secure and only accessible to those who need to access it. Focusing on managing apps rather than devices can tackle these security concerns.
A good MAM (Mobile Application Management) solution will offer your enterprise flexibility and your IT department to apply different policies for different applications.
Providing Mobile Data Access
It’s one thing mobilizing your workforce, however, employees need to be able to access company data on the go to make quick and decisive decisions. Employees need access to the data that’s available in the office. Live data access from mobile devices will ensure your business and employees remain effective and efficient. But once again, this does present some more security concerns. Enterprises must enable users to easily share data inside and outside the business with secure file sharing that’s integrated with backup.
Making enterprise apps easily accessible can be quite complicated, from installing directly to each device to providing employees and users with tools to install themselves. This has created issues with managing UDID (Unique Device Identification) numbers to changing devices and more common BYOD policies.
More and more often, businesses are employing MAM services to manage app accessibility for users and the security of the content within the apps. Distribution needs to be thought through thoroughly to ensure all users have access to the app when required. Some enterprise applications can even be deployed on the consumer store, but be aware as anybody can then utilize the app. Therefore, a suitable login process needs to be implemented.
Legacy Back-End System Integration
Legacy back-end systems do a great job managing your business processes and keep operations running smoothly. While mobile plays a role for 73% of organizations, nearly half of businesses identify back-end integration (43%) as a top challenge for mobile app development, according to new research from Red Hat.
With enterprises becoming more mobile-centric, many are hitting a wall when it comes to back-end integration. To overcome these types of challenges, businesses need to maximize efficiency by leveraging mobile platforms to accelerate development while reducing complexity.
Malicious and Risky Apps
Apps are fun, helpful—and the weakest point of entry for determined cyber-criminals. All too often, they are installed by users with little or no thought to the dangers they may pose. According to Norton Mobile Insight, as of October 2014, there were three million malicious apps—and eight million apps with risky behaviors—circulating. These risky behaviors included stealing information (19%), tracking the user (22%), posing traditional threats (26%), sending content (13%), and reconfiguring the device (13%). To guard against these outcomes and ensure devices are protected, implement centrally managed mobile threat protection that can proactively detect and block mobile threats such as malware and risky apps. IT can white- or black-list apps based on app behavior and prevent access to enterprise apps and services if malware is detected.
Loss and Theft
Small and portable devices are vulnerable to loss and theft. 5 million smartphones were stolen in 2017, nearly twice as many as in 2016. In addition, eight out of ten finders of lost devices were found to have tried to access corporate information on the device. To protect lost or stolen devices, enforce password policies for devices and apps using multi-factor authentication. Provide seamless access to corporate apps and resources with certificates and single sign-on. Encrypt corporate apps and data so they’re protected even if the device is compromised. Finally, employ full or selective device wipe.