How to secure your business smartphone in 5 minutes
How much company data do you store on your smartphone? How much company data do your employee’s store on their smartphones? When it comes to mobile device security, it’s usually an afterthought. However, more company data and business is now being done on mobile devices more than ever before.
You’ll learn in the next 5 minutes some of the easiest things you can do to secure your company smartphones. Do you have a transparent process if your CEO has their device stolen or lost?
I’m going to disclose the best course of action to staying protected if you’re ever in this scenario.
Most modern phones have basic security settings inbuilt now. Things like fingerprint/face ID are standard, but there is some setting that can be easily overlooked.
Make sure you turn on find my device and device encryption as standard. If a mobile device gets into the wrong hands and a device does not have encryption the contents can easily be read using simple tools.
Invest in mobile device management
If your current IT provider has not mentioned this to you already, it is a must for any size business. Mobile device management (MDM) allows your IT provider to manage all devices in your company. There are many features MDM offers – we don’t have time to list them all but here’s the top 3:
If a device is lost or stolen it can easily be blocked, tracked and a message sent to the screen for recovery.
Audit and log:
A list of everyday activities such as connecting to wifi, apps that are installed and an audit database of all IMEI/serial numbers is generated. This data is fantastic from both a regulatory point of view and for managing devices on a day to day basis.
MDM allows the business to enforce strict security policies on the device. As an example, you can turn on features such as enforcing fingerprint ID or locking the phone if too many attempts have been made at guessing the PIN. You can also encrypt the device with a single click.
If you don’t have an MDM solution for your business or are unclear of what you may have then schedule a security audit with us.
Lost and stolen devices?
Picture the worst thing that could happen to your company mobiles. Maybe one day the CEO drops their phone in the back of a taxi. What do you do? What does your IT company do? Well, it’s better to be prepared for the worst, so the first thing I’d suggest is having a transparent process of action if a device is lost or stolen.
1) Set the phone to lost mode or better yet do a remote wipe using MDM.
2) Inform the network provider of the theft and get them to block the sim card.
3) Have a replacement device at the ready
4) Make sure you are implementing a backup process of mobile devices.
5) Perform a restore to a replacement device.
Of course, we make this process sounds easy, but how do you go about it and get started? Well our IT company provide fully managed services so you can get on with your business. For complete mobile device management and security audit please make contact today.