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Enterprise Mobility Management Tips

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a trend that is being widely adopted in the corporate world. Employees can use their own mobile devices – smartphones and tablets – for work. While the advantages of BYOD are many, these mobile devices bring their own set of security risks. In a recent survey of IT practitioners by Pulse Secure, enterprises identified their top BYOD concerns to include Android security, mobile app security, data wipe and malware. Being personal devices brought in by employees, these devices are not always equipped with the latest security safeguards nor do users always have safeguards activated. So, what measures can your organization introduce to maximize the security on these devices and enforce user compliance with security policies?

Below are 4 essential steps to increase security on mobile devices:
1. Disallow Rooted and Jailbroken Devices – Rooting of Android devices and Jail-breaking of iOS devices have become common practices among smart device owners. These may enhance the functionality of a device but they also tremendously increase the vulnerability of the devices to malicious security attacks. You must ensure that the personal devices that your employees use for work are not jailbroken/rooted so you can collectively help avoid potential security risks.

2. Devices Must be Protected by Screen Passwords – A personal device if left unattended or stolen is prone to access by an unauthorized person with malicious intent. A screen password adds a high level of data theft protection and your company policy should make it mandatory for devices being used for work to have a screen password.

3. Devices Must be Updated – Device OEMs keep pushing periodic firmware updates to devices. These updates work to plug security holes in the firmware as well as make devices more efficient. Often, device users don’t install these updates either because of a lack of awareness or out of laziness. Your company must enforce update policies to ensure that your employees’ devices are always up to date. This will help employees devices avoid falling victim to security vulnerabilities and malware.

4. Devices must require VPN for connectivity – Your company must ensure that devices can only communicate with the corporate network using a secure VPN connection. This ensures the avoidance of data leakage or unauthorized access to or malicious attacks on company resources.

At Pulse Secure, our industry-leading solutions empower seamless and secure mobility through a comprehensive line of virtual private network, network access control and mobile security products. Some of the numerous industry-leading and advanced features that our Secure SSL VPN Services consist of include:

    • Out-of-the-box host checking and device compliance features for trusted and untrustworthy device connectivity
    • Role-based, application level enforcement of security policy
    • Full visibility of users, devices and applications, accessing information in the Enterprise with dashboards, drill-down levels and comprehensive reporting
    • Container security that encrypts all data at rest, controls data sharing between enterprise apps, wipes corporate data without affecting personal information and connects directly to the enterprise VPN
    • On-demand VPN access with certificate-based authentication makes it easy for users to connect and IT to enforce security compliance
    • Mobile Device Management (MDM) to enforce compliance policies, such as Android root detection, with certificate revocation or ActiveSync controls to supervise network access based on device health by Enterprise IT

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