Important Concepts Related to Mobile Device Security

Mobile Device Security refers to the measures designed to protect sensitive information stored on and transmitted by laptops, smartphones, tablets, wearables, and other portable devices.

Important Concepts Related to Mobile Device Security

Mobile Device Security refers to the measures designed to protect sensitive information stored on and transmitted by laptops, smartphones, tablets, wearables, and other portable devices. At the root of mobile device security is the goal of keeping unauthorized users from accessing the enterprise network. It is one aspect of a complete enterprise security plan.LEARN MORE

Why is Mobile Device Security important?

Given that more than half of business PCs are now portable, network security must take into account all of the locations and usage that employees require of the corporate network. Malicious mobile apps, phishing scams, data leaks, malware, and insecure Wi-Fi networks are a few potential hazards to smartphones. Additionally, businesses must plan for the risk of a mobile device being stolen or lost by an employee. Companies should take certain, preemptive measures to decrease the risk in order to avert a security breach. 

What are the benefits of Mobile Device Security?

Mobile device security, or mobile device management, provides the following:

  • Regulatory compliance
  • Security policy enforcement
  • Support of “bring your own device” (BYOD)
  • Remote control of device updates
  • Application control
  • Automated device registration
  • Data backup

Above all, mobile device security protects an enterprise from unknown or malicious outsiders being able to access sensitive company data. 

How does Mobile Device Security work?

Investment in enterprise solutions and a multi-layered strategy are necessary for mobile device security. Mobile device security has some essential components, but each firm must choose which ones work best for their network.

To get started, here are some mobile security best practices:

  • Establish, share, and enforce clear policies and processes

Mobile device rules are only as effective as a company’s ability to properly communicate those policies to employees. Mobile device security should include clear rules about:

  1. What devices can be used
  2. Allowed OS levels
  3. What the company can and cannot access on a personal phone
  4. Whether IT can remote wipe a device
  5. Password requirements and frequency for updating passwords
  • Password protection

One of the most basic ways to prevent unauthorized access to a mobile device is to create a strong password, and yet weak passwords are still a persistent problem that contributes to the majority of data hacks. Another common security problem is workers using the same password for their mobile device, email, and every work-related account. It is critical that employees create strong, unique passwords (of at least eight characters) and create different passwords for different accounts.

  • Leverage biometrics

Instead of relying on traditional methods of mobile access security, such as passwords, some companies are looking to biometrics as a safer alternative. Biometric authentication is when a computer uses measurable biological characteristics, such as face, fingerprint, voice, or iris recognition for identification and access. Multiple biometric authentication methods are now available on smartphones and are easy for workers to set up and use.

  • Avoid public Wi-Fi

A mobile device is only as secure as the network through which it transmits data. Companies need to educate employees about the dangers of using public Wi-Fi networks, which are vulnerable to attacks from hackers who can easily breach a device, access the network, and steal data. The best defense is to encourage smart user behavior and prohibit the use of open Wi-Fi networks, no matter the convenience.

  • Beware of apps

One of the hazards to mobile devices that is growing the fastest is malicious apps. When an employee unintentionally downloads one, whether for professional or personal purposes, it gives third parties access to the network and data of the business. Companies should either educate staff about the risks of installing unauthorized apps or forbid them from doing so entirely in order to tackle this growing issue.

  • Mobile device encryption:

Most mobile devices are bundled with a built-in encryption feature. Users need to locate this feature on their device and enter a password to encrypt their device. With this method, data is converted into a code that can only be accessed by authorized users. This is important in case of theft, and it prevents unauthorized access. 

What are the different types of Mobile Device Security?

There are many aspects to a complete security plan. Common elements of a mobile security solution include the following:

  • Enterprise Mobile Management platform: In addition to setting up internal device policies that protect against unauthorized access, it’s equally important to have an Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM) platform that enables IT to gather real-time insights to catch potential threats.
  • Email security: The most common method used by hackers to spread ransomware and other malware is email. Businesses must equip themselves with cutting-edge email security in order to defend against such attacks. This protection must be able to quickly identify, stop, and deal with threats, as well as prevent any data loss and secure sensitive data in transit.
  • Endpoint protection:  This approach protects enterprise networks that are remotely accessed by mobile devices. Endpoint security protects companies by ensuring that portable devices follow security standards and by quickly alerting security teams of detected threats before they can do damage. Endpoint protection also allows IT administrators to monitor operation functions and data backup strategies.
  • VPN: A private network can be extended across a public network via a virtual private network, or VPN. As though their computer equipment were directly connected to the private network, this enables users to send and receive data over shared or public networks. Remote users and branch offices can safely access company apps and resources thanks to VPNs' encryption technology.
  • Secure web gateway: A secure web gateway protects against online security threats by enforcing company security policies and defending against phishing and malware in real-time. This is especially important for cloud security as this type of protection can identify an attack on one location and immediately stop it at other branches.
  • Cloud access security broker: A cloud access security broker (CASB) is a tool that sits between cloud service consumers and cloud service providers to enforce security, compliance, and governance policies for cloud applications. CASBs help organizations extend the security controls of their on-premises infrastructure to the cloud. 

 Gathering Information from Google Account

Today, almost everyone utilizes a Google Account on their gadgets. The user's identity, YouTube channel, active Google services, location data, saved passwords, contact lists, and many other pieces of information are all stored in this account.

If a Google Account is compromised, the hackers can use this information for malicious purposes, reveal photos publicly, etc. Here is exactly what information can be gathered from a Google Account:

  • Google Dashboard

Open the Google Dashboard. It shows the summary of services used by the Google Account owner and the data saved on the account. 

The confidential data that can be accessed from here include YouTube (channel and subscriptions), Gmail (Inbox, sent items, and more), Google Maps (timeline, location history, etc.), Google Drive (Photos, documents, and everything), Books, and Chrome (bookmarks, extensions, history). 

The hackers can also check the contact list synced with the Google Account and all the passwords saved in Chrome. 

  • Google Password Manager

From Password Manager, the hacker can view all the saved passwords in Google Account and change or remove them. These passwords can allow them to access social media accounts, websites, and several other important accounts. 

  • Find My Device

Google’s Find My Device is a service meant to find the device if it is stolen or lost. From here, the location of the device can be checked, the data can be erased, and a sound can be played (to find if the phone is nearby).