Over the last several years, your business has been relying more and more on its mobile devices to operate. Now, all of your employees have smartphones and tablets. They use them for everything from processing payments to collecting data to communicating.
Here’s the problem, though: These devices are not secure. In fact, in a recent study 93 percent of organizations agreed that mobile devices present a serious and growing cyberthreat.
The report also found that:
- 32 percent of companies admitted to sacrificing mobile security to improve performance;
- 79 percent stated that the disruption of business operations is a bigger threat than the theft of data; and
- 79 percent fear employee misuse.
Of course, the hardest step is admitting that you have a mobile security problem. Once you understand the scope of the cyberthreat, you can start taking immediate actions to improve your business’s mobile security strategy.
As you assess your mobile cybersecurity strategy, remember to consider taking a multifactor authentication approach that utilizes multiple systems to protect employee accounts. Give your employees access to a variety of authentication tools, and let them decide which ones work best for them. This could include voice biometric identity verification, strong passwords and security questions, or facial, iris or fingerpint scanners.
Remember that the more security checkpoints you add to your mobile device, the more secure your device will be. However, they need to be easy for employees to use or it could impact morale and productivity.