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Seven Best Practices to Safeguard Your Mobile Devices

Protecting enterprise network is only half the battle. Organization must also prevent data from leaking into the open from unsecured mobile devices. Several best practices lay a foundation for mobile security that addresses the
diversity of user work preference, device types, operating systems and enablement strategies employed across enterprise. This article takes an in-depth look at mobility and how agile security management can help you unleash the full power of your mobile strategy.

Institute a password policy
It may sound simple, but organizations should always implement password-governed access to the operating environment of all devices. Doing so buys time during which to report and remotely disable a missing device. Single sign-on unifies application access, which improves security and reduces the need for IT assistance.

Implement user education programs
Informed mobile and remote users are more likely to avoid basic behaviors that expose devices to malware or allow unauthorized access to corporate information. For example, employees should refrain from using public wireless networks for work unless they are connecting over VPN.

Keep the OS up-to-date
An effective way to guard against vulnerabilities is to keep current with OS vendor updates. IT groups should regularly install, or require the installation of, OS updates on all mobile devices to avoid the exploitation of flaws in earlier OS versions.

Encrypt devices and data
Mobile device encryption protects data in the event that it falls into the wrong hands. IT decision makers should deploy encryption solutions that allow administrators to set policies based on user, user group and data sensitivity.

Create secure containers
A constrained environment, or container, cordons off enterprise applications from personal ones, or an enterprise workspace from a personal workspace. This approach prevents personal applications and data from commingling with corporate information. Alternatively, desktop virtualization allows your employees to access applications and data directly from a secure data center without moving that data onto a mobile device. Enterprises can also deploy a virtual desktop model that keeps data in motion on a device’s container, which allows users to work offline.

Implement IAM
In the same way that they help establish a secure baseline for enterprise networks, IAM solutions provide a foundation for secure mobile device access that dramatically reduces security breach incidents. IAM ensures that individuals access only the data and applications they need. Doing this avoids unauthorized or malicious access to sensitive data in a wide range of situations, scenarios and use cases.

Adopt robust mobile security solutions
The right approach to security goes a long way. However, a secure solution also requires the right tools for the job. The comprehensive Dell Mobile Solutions portfolio includes many security offerings that address current and emerging threats. These technologies aid in the implementation of best practices.

Drive enterprise value with secure mobile connectivity
As the scale and scope of the mobile workforce expands, sound security practices and solutions are the key to prosperous IT. Adopting best practices for network and mobile device security strengthens protection without hindering access.

Source: Unleash mobility with agile security

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