Don’t Forget Your Phone’s Security Settings

It’s common for people to rely on their personal phones to keep in touch at work.

That’s not always the best idea, and there are lots of good reasons to provide company phones to your team (would you want to own the number and block access to sensitive data if somebody left?)

But whoever owns the device, you need to make security your top priority. Cyber criminals know how much valuable information lives on our mobiles, and they’re making phones a target.

If you don’t already have a mobile security and management strategy in place, it’s time you did. Here are our top 5 ways to keep phones secure:

Set minimum upgrade requirements

Cyber crooks and device manufacturers both work in three-year cycles. That means that, as threats evolve, so do the protections that address them. Upgrade devices to follow this cycle, and even if you’re using BYOD (bring your own device), enforce this rule if employees want to use their personal phone for work.

Implement mobile device management

MDM allows you to track the location of devices, lock/wipe their data remotely, and can help you access remote support for any issues. That means your data stays safe, even in cases of a lost or stolen phone. You can also create a list of apps that are to be blocked for security reasons.

Set up MFA (Multi-Factor Authentication)

Make sure all devices have biometric locks requiring facial or fingerprint ID to open them, and that all apps require MFA to log in. Only allow employees access to the software and files they need for their job.

Always update everything

Like all your devices, phones need to have the latest updates installed as soon as they become available.

If you have MDM in place, it’s possible to schedule updates across the entire team at the same time – ask us for more info.

Regular awareness training

You should hold regular cyber security training for your team that includes mobile devices. Your people are your weakest link when it comes to security. Keeping them up to speed on security risks can improve compliance.

It’s easy to overlook mobile devices when it comes to keeping your data secure, but it’s a vital step in protecting yourself against cyber attacks.