We all hear news about data breaches, lost documents, USBs going missing and mobiles phones with sensitive data being stolen. A portion of people reading this blog may have been affected by one or more of these issues. The headache of changing bank cards, details and logins is a necessary burden, but the threat is more serious when dealing with business user devices.
Mobile devices are becoming an integral part of our lives. With more than 22 million people in the UK using banking apps and 39 million people in the UK accessing social media, our devices are more of a risk to our privacy than ever.
A study done by Symantec revealed some startling results. They placed five mobile devices in and around a populated city in a social experiment and waited for people find the devices and understand their behaviour.
The device passwords were kept easy to guess and what they found out was extremely revealing
- 6 out of 10 tried to view the social media on the device
- 7 out of 10 viewed the photos and videos
- 8 out of 10 tried to access business-related information (folders clearly marked ‘HR salaries’)
While the people that found the devices did try to access some of the dummy information, it’s not all negative. The security features in devices have been beefed up in the last few years with fingerprint analysis, face ID, biometrics and enhanced password protection. These are designed to keep your details safe even when your phone is in someone else’s hands.
For business smartphone and tablet users, the need for security is even greater, especially if you have access to key systems, such as CRM databases, email and documents, through Apps. Some very basic recommendations are to use a long password, preferably in sentences with a mix of symbols and upper and lower-case characters. You can also use a £ symbol as most American and Asian keyboards don’t include them as a default.
For businesses with both office-based or remote workers, I recommend investing in a cloud-based security package that provides you with visibility of the types of content people are viewing and when they are viewing it. You should set group policies to ensure people don’t have access to harmful content while reducing phishing, malware and ransomware threats by up to 90%.
All these features can be hosted on a simple online portal with real-time statistics reported straight to your IT administrator’s device. This tool is provided on a per-user, per-month cost, so you don’t have to invest in additional hardware.
We have the Cisco Umbrella cloud security product within our portfolio, and have rolled it out internally as we believe it is one of the best solutions in the market today. If you are considering implementing cloud security, we highly recommend Cisco Umbrella. We can set up a free trial for you, so you can see for yourself the quality of the product.
Visit our trial page and register for your free exclusive trial or contact me directly to find out more.