100% growth seems unusual when discussing tech advancements but it’s now the global norm. In fact, we are expected to have two billion active smartphones and tablets next year.
This is important when we ask what will these two billion mobiles devices be doing? With billions of mobile devices, the mobile ecosystem will drastically change. Currently, mobile devices are used largely for entertainment, GPS, and information but as they are more widely accepted, they’re going to take a more prominent role in business, healthcare, etc.
Last year mobile malware increased 163%; during the first quarter of 2013, it’s estimated that 10 million devices were infected. With 1 billion active smartphones and tablets currently, that means 1% of mobile devices are being operated with malicious intent, either known or unknown to the user – so, one out of every hundred people walking into your office may be hacked.
What are they doing with the information they gather? What kind of information are they taking? Photos? Sound bytes? Confidential facts? The best way to defend and protect is to be prepared.
Here are 3 simple ways to secure devices and information in the enterprise:
- Go through the FCC Smartphone Security checker (This includes password, security updates, application security, remote location, remote wipe, etc.)
- Register devices with an MDM, MAM or other mobile management enterprise software. If not currently used in your enterprise, protect your devices with free tools such as Avast (available on iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry).
- Specify mobile device policies, with a focus on use in various zones (indoor locationing / geofencing).