Five Tips for Overcoming Mobile Security Challenges

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Best Practice No. 3: Encrypt Data on Devices

The addition of encryption to mobile devices is a highly effective way to protect data from loss and theft. Organizations can set and centrally administer encryption policies based on users, groups and data sensitivity. By encrypting and decrypting files residing on Windows, Android and iOS tablets and smartphones, organizations can dramatically reduce potential security problems across their fleet of devices.

Finding a balance between providing employees anytime, anywhere access to enterprise resources and ensuring that IT security and compliance rules are adhered to can be a daunting task for any organization looking to embrace mobility and BYOD. Throw in all the varied devices that can connect to an organization's network (i.e, smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc.) and the operating systems (Windows 8, Android, iOS), and the risk to data and application resources multiplies exponentially.

According to a recent Dell Global Security Survey, IT decision makers highlighted BYOD as a root cause of security breaches. In fact, 57 percent of those polled ranked increased use of mobile devices as a top security concern in the next five years (71 percent in the UK).

As with most things, the more restrictions people encounter, the more likely they are to rebel and find workarounds that allow them to do and or access what they want, circumventing an organization's security policies and placing proprietary data at risk.

To minimize security risks while maximizing mobility benefits, Dell offers five best practices for implementing mobile security that address user work preferences, device types, operating systems and enablement strategies.


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