Mobile devices have an important role to play in the digitalization process and can open up a whole host of new opportunities for businesses. Employees are able to access relevant data such as production times and delivery deadlines straight from client meetings. They can write e-mails and set up meetings while on the go. Factory workers can report damage details if they find a defect in a machine, show it via video conference and retrieve information about spare parts.
Yet this throws up many challenges, not least because of the strict requirements regarding usability, data protection, and security. Cyberattacks and data leaks are becoming increasingly frequent. They pose a significant risk, as mobile devices offer access to sensitive data that could wreak serious havoc if it fell into the wrong hands.
Nevertheless, experience shows that businesses still view the security of desktop computers as their number one priority, and this needs to change. Instead, companies should focus on developing an IT strategy specifically tailored to mobile devices that follows the Mobile First approach. Learn from the experts at BLAUD, CWSI, EBF, mobco and Nomasis about how to design a mobile strategy, with a focus on security aspects.
Security weaknesses:According to IDC analysts, only 19% of businesses currently have an underlying or largely strategic IT security concept. Around 40% tend to tackle the problem on a tactical basis. While there are solutions for individual critical situations, they have no long-term plan for preventing this kind of thing happening in the first place. Ultimately, they are taking a huge risk considering the ever-increasing threats facing mobile devices.
Carry out analyses to establish how your mobile landscape is currently set up and assess its maturity level. The number of devices, the purpose of use, the sensitiveness of data and other factors play an important role here. Find out which questions you need to answer here.
Draw up a concept for mobile devices based on this analysis. Learn who should be involved, how to ensure a degree of flexibility and how to define the right budget here.
The security concept for mobile devices forms a hugely important part of your mobile strategy. It must be based on the company’s general security guidelines and contain aspects like password policies, update and app guidelines as well as encryption standards and countermeasures in case of a cyberattack. Find out what you need to consider here.
Determine whether your employees should bring their own devices for business purposes or whether you provide them with company devices. If so, define the device type and decide whether they may also be used privately. Read which consequences this decision has here.
Define the operations employees are to perform via their devices, and the applications, interfaces and data they require for this purpose. Classify data according to its protection requirements and specify which applications employees should or should not install.
Why are mobile devices such a risk?
- Fewer security precautions
- Used outside company networks
- Lack of mobile security expertise
- Difficult to identify attacks (link destinations cannot be identified by hovering your mouse over the link)
- User errors due to a lack of security awareness or insufficient knowledge in this field
- Attacks are becoming ever smarter
- Numerous potential gateways for cyberattacks (apps, Messenger,
- Wi-Fi networks, etc.)
- Private and professional use of devices
Decide on the most suitable solution for your requirements. This might be Enterprise Mobility Management, where all mobile devices can be managed on a central basis; container software, in which private and professional applications and data are kept separate; or other, additional security software. Learn how to make the decision and how to switch from one system to another here.
Decide whether the solutions need to be installed in your own computer center or in the supplier’s computer center. In the latter case, there is the possibility of using a public cloud solution, which may be used by a number of businesses, or a private cloud solution where a specific service is set up for your business. Read more about the advantages and disadvantages of the different solutions here.
Draw up a detailed implementation concept describing the initial requirements, installation and configuration of mobile solutions, as well as rollout phases, personnel resources and outlay.
Now you can put your concept into practice – ideally with the help of an Enterprise Mobility expert. Learn how an expert can support you here.
By applying a mobile strategy in this way, you can make efficient and secure mobile working a reality for your employees, while making the most of the potential offered by mobile devices. We would be delighted to help you define your requirements, identify and implement the right solution for you, and offer you ongoing advice on your mobile strategy and mobile IT matters Feel free to contact us for more information.