The increase in capabilities of the latest generations of mobile devices are converting them from portable email clients to viable desktop replacements and the centre piece of modern information knowledge work. In some cases, such as Windows 10 devices, there is literally no difference between a tablet and a desktop, except the form factor.
Unfortunately, hackers don’t really care about the form factor: From their point of view, mobile devices are just an organisation’s desktop that don’t have the extensive protection of a corporate perimeter – they’re increasingly easy pickings. With increasing numbers of people accessing and creating documents on the go through Office 365 and Google Apps, these devices have equal level of access to sensitive corporate information, and require equivalent protection.
Mobile devices require all the same protections that a desktop is offered. This includes:
Traditional mobile device management is still good, but no longer sufficient. Mobile security management needs to treat all of your mobile devices in the same manner as non-mobile devices, because they expose the same security risks (if not higher).
If you’re not sure whether your mobile strategy is having a negative impact on your security posture, contact Content Security for an obligation free chat, and review some of our strategies to help you go mobile more safely.
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