Mobile devices are great tools that allow for enhanced mobility and convenience, but this increased accessibility is also a major detriment in terms of data security. Mobile devices are notorious for being considerable security threats to businesses that utilize them. Therefore, businesses that use mobile devices on a regular basis should absolutely be aware of how they can influence security policies.
During the holiday season, many business professionals find themselves traveling. This might involve visiting friends and family, or simply getting away from the cold. Of course, business doesn’t wait for the holidays to end, so mobile devices often help these professionals stay connected to the important things going on in the office. With cloud-based solutions and Bring Your Own Device policies, employees can get work done while away on the holiday break, but the data on these devices could potentially be lost, as it’s not protected by your organization’s in-house network.
The end result is that there are countless ways that a cybercriminal can steal your data, whether it's just personal data stored on the device, or professional data that your business needs to succeed. Thankfully, there are ways to keep this from happening. Be sure to keep the following in mind when traveling with your devices this holiday season:
While these threats are more immediate during the holiday season, they linger long after it ends. Even next year these threats will remain a considerable threat to your business, and they will be exacerbated by the prevalence of mobile devices in the workplace. Hackers are always looking for ways to access unsecured data, whether it’s through a network that isn’t protected properly or because the devices are outdated. It’s up to you to make sure that your business doesn’t fall prey to these threats.
SCW can give you the gift of network security this holiday season. To learn more, reach out to us at (509) 534-1530.
Sam is a network engineer with a broad range of experience spanning more than 35 years. He wrote is first piece of code in 1979 and has been involved with the industry ever since. For the last 20 years, he has worked for SCW Consulting where he has embraced his passion for network technology and security.
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