Organisations across the globe are embracing remote and flexible working, and, here in Europe, three out of every four have some work schedule flexibility, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). However, greater mobility undoubtedly brings with it evolving security threats, which look to take advantage of a broader network perimeter and an ever-growing number of entry points – often including devices which sit outside the regulated IT strategy.
A study from Verizon revealed that almost one-third of organisations prioritised business performance at the cost of mobile security last year. ‘The Mobile Security Index 2018’ found that speed to market priorities, coupled with a lack of threat awareness, were driving risky behaviours and putting customer data and valuable business assets at risk. But is this sacrifice necessary, or can organisations – with the right solutions and strategy – enjoy the perfect blend of robust security with uncompromised business agility?
Secure mobile device management
The research also found that mobile device management is the key concern for organisations when it comes to implementing a secure mobility strategy. Yet while 93 per cent believe mobile devices present ‘a serious and growing threat’, this equally suggests a lack of awareness around the tools available to overcome this concern.
Mobile Zero Clients, for example, empower employees to work unhindered and securely by removing data from the device – instead making it only accessible through an existing cloud-based virtual desktop infrastructure solution. This removes the threat of malware being stored on devices, nullifying concerns about data being compromised should a device be lost or stolen.
Centrally stored data can then be managed more stringently, with access rights granted solely on a case-by-case basis depending on job function or seniority – ensuring employees only have access to the information they need for their specific role.
While employee behaviour is often cited as a security vulnerability, Verizon’s report points to a more significant problem: that many organisations are lacking awareness at a wider level. 62 per cent admit to not fully understanding the threats and solutions associated with mobile security today and, as a result, such organisations will struggle to implement an IT strategy which addresses these issues.
The detrimental impact this can have on the IT infrastructure cannot be ignored. Such ignorance could result in the implementation of a security solution which restricts mobile productivity, or a potential security threat being altogether overlooked. It is the responsibility of IT leaders to understand the landscape and inform their colleagues of the need to build an infrastructure which fully accounts for the 21st century security threat, while at the same time catering for the mobility demands of today’s professional environment.
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