There are a few myths making the rounds to hinder the growing popularity of enterprise mobile applications. Of course, there has always been inhibition among those who are accustomed to old technologies, whenever a new technology evolves. Enterprise mobility is not an exception to this convention. Understanding the myths about BYOD and mobile security will enable you to make better use of enterprise mobility solutions.
Mobile Malware is the greatest threat
Many consider mobile malware as the biggest threat to enterprise mobility. It is not unusual for the media to blow up things in order to gain attention. This is exactly what made this myth very popular. Data loss isn’t new in the enterprise arena most organizations have already prioritized data loss as primary threat long before mobile malware. Mobile malware at this juncture is being reported is concerned mostly with Android apps that are developed and delivered by amateur third parties. Apps downloaded from Google Play Store and those developed by standard app developers have always remained unaffected.
Mobile Device Management is the basis of security
The basis of mobile security lies in Mobile Device Management (MDM). Although MDM has its role in implementation of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), it isn’t the foundation of mobile security. In fact, its contribution in strategic security decisions is very small. Securing data on the mobile device amounts only to addressing half of the concern, while the other half is transferring data into the cloud. On the other hand enterprise security strategy should have a comprehensive visibility rather than basic device level tactics.
Stay out of BYOD to keep your data secure
The trend of accessing corporate data is growing by the day. Today almost 30% of corporate data is accessed via mobile devices. The data is generally accessed with particular apps, then manipulated in other apps and again stored in the cloud. This results in the data being copied several times, leaving a trial everywhere. This is customary for productivity apps and avoiding BYOD program doesn’t actually change anything.
Quick implementation of control features is the way to secure data
It is not unusual to restrict user activity as a measure of security implementation. The funniest part is that it would beat the purpose of enterprise solution. On the other hand doing so will not address the actual security risk. As mentioned earlier, only a comprehensive view can help in implementing the right security solution.
Deployment of security features irrespective of users will keep the data safe
This again defeats the purpose of BOYD concept which aims at increasing the productivity at work place. Restricting controls amounts to curtailing the freedom and can result in loss of production. Steps like enforcing app blacklists on (BYOD) devices will only result in frustration of the employees and will result in circumvention.