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Avoiding mobile security risks through training, technology

Sep 16, 2013 4:36:13 AM

The consumerization of IT is impacting businesses in a number of ways, including giving decision-makers the ability to support remote working capabilities. However, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives that enable employees to use personal smartphones and tablets in the workplace are also introducing new document security risks.

A recent study of more than 740 IT executives by Webroot highlighted this concern, revealing that more than 80 percent of respondents said the use of mobile devices in the workplace has created a number of major security risks. Another half of decision-makers said BYOD programs have led to the consumption of more valuable IT resources.

Webroot noted that companies can avoid some of these issues by implementing robust usage policies and document protection tools that minimize unauthorized viewing of confidential records. Executives may also consider launching training programs that educate employees how to securely use smartphones and tablets for work-related tasks without jeopardizing the confidentiality of mission-critical information.

Another report by eSecurity Planet said decision-makers should consider implementing management tools that enable IT departments to monitor mobile device activity and resolve any vulnerabilities that emerge during the process.