Laptops, smartphones and other mobile devices are becoming workplace standards as companies move toward operating models that accommodate and even prioritize remote work. This change has come at a considerable cost. A Samsung report estimates that employers actually spend around $350 per month on each employee to provide the necessary technology.
But while companies have been willing to make the investment in remote options for employees, relatively few have taken sufficient cybersecurity measures. Specifically, remote networking infrastructure is often very susceptible to data breaches. Security magazine points to research that shows only around 11% of companies implemented more than one security measure protecting their mobile-enabling network capabilities.
That means work smartphones are essentially ticking cybersecurity time bombs.
You Can’t Afford to Neglect Smartphone Cybersecurity
A recent report from the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance (OTA) suggests that there were approximately 2 million cybersecurity incidents in 2018, leading to around 5 billion exposed records and costing companies approximately $45 billion. Those numbers show just how risky it is to disregard the need for network security.
There is a lot of potential to improve cybersecurity breach outcomes. According to the OTA, around 95% of reported security incidents in 2018 could have been prevented simply by using established, straightforward security practices. Even complex networks with remote access features could make strides in incident prevention results by following basic guidelines.
Organizations must be aware of the cybersecurity risks inherent in equipping employees for mobile work. Right now, for example, ransomware attacks and phishing schemes are on the rise, even as some other attack types have waned. Cyber intelligence resources can help analysts stay abreast of the latest threats. Tools that help map these threats to network resources can be valuable, too.
Overall, a corporate security program should involve a three-pronged approach, including detection, prevention and containment of threats. Additionally, an organization-wide security policy, including mobile protection, should be considered essential. It’s wise to take some time to evaluate a VPN solution and a data syncing policy that isn’t overly permissive to protect smartphones, laptops and tablets.
Lunarline is prepared to help organizations prepare their networks and security programs to protect their mobile and remote-work capabilities. If you want to know more about how we can help you, contact us online today.