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One of the greatest challenges in data security is protecting a moving target. With smartphones and other mobile devices, developing a good security plan can be a complex project, further complicated by adding in the layers of security necessary for different devices and different users.

To begin, it is essential to ensure that smartphones are up-to-date with the latest security patches, firewalls and antivirus/anti-spam software. It's also a good idea to encrypt everything that is of even marginal value. Better yet, just encrypt everything. Physical security measures such as auto-locking and password lock should also be activated in case the smartphone is lost.

Also see: Smartphones that Work for Business

As the number of smartphones capable of accessing enterprise resources increases, it’s important to remember that smartphones operate more like a computer than a phone.  Smartphones work so well as a portable office because they have the capability to browse the Internet.  That capability means your employees are at risk for viruses and other security breaches, so IT staff need to be just as vigilant with company-issued phones accessing the network as they are with computers.

We’ve put together this list of vulnerabilities inherent in the current generation of mobile devices, and then outlined the elements necessary to patch those security gaps.

The IT Business Edge Knowledge Network also provides several resources for establishing guidelines for mobile device use within the enterprise.


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