Personal devices typically have less important information than business devices, but security threats can be detrimental to both. For a business the threat is constant and measurable. Loss of client personally identifiable information, or PII, can lead to financial penalties, loss of reputation and much more. Mobile devices present greater management issues than those in main office buildings managed by firewall and content filter rules. Mobile devices are often targeted more actively while having less protections. Luckily, there is software that provides management tools which has been created specifically for assisting in managing mobile devices and the security threats that target them.
Managing Mobile Devices - 3 Controls you Need to Know
Consider the following:
- An employee traveling for work has their laptop stolen and an unknown individual may gain access to the files on that device
- A family member leaves a device behind in a coffee shop
- Someone who is no longer an employee fails to return a device provided to them
Listed here are 3 features mobile device management, or MDM, software provides that can help individuals or businesses protect their information. MDM software is effective even when unknown individuals access or control the device. Whether devices store account credentials, company documents, or client information, MDM features can help increase the security of the locally stored data.
Remotely lock or wipe a device
If a device is lost or controlled by a former employee, wiping the device may be the best security response. HIPAA compliance centers on access controls put in place to protect personal information. The ability to remotely wipe a device is one control you can implement in support of this compliance.
The greater the number of mobile devices used, the higher the risk to the security of the data stored on them. Additionally, these devices are at greater risk of being lost or stolen. Mobile device management is software that can be implemented on these devices for the purposes of protecting those devices. Three main features of MDM are the ability to remotely lock or wipe devices, manage disk usage and installed applications and locate devices using alerts or GPS when they are misplaced. MDM can save time, prevent replacement costs and most importantly, reduce the exposure to business and personal data.
As always, data security and protection is critical to businesses, but is also important to individuals. Knowing how to implement protections is key!