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A second tactic to improving mobile security is to protect and update business endpoints — that is, mobile computers and any other device used to access corporate data. This is critical, even when the endpoint is not connected to the LAN. Users can connect to the Internet and unintentionally download viruses and worms that can infect the machine, which can in turn transfer the virus or worm to the corporate network once connected. Protection from startup to shutdown, anywhere the device is used, is necessary. All devices should have all the security controls in place, including encryption solutions and passwords, to be in compliance, both on or off the network.

In the cloud, a hosted platform can provide monitoring to enforce policies and remediate out-of-date software on all noncompliant end points, or block non-compliant endpoints from connecting to the corporate network. These hosted services can speak to remote devices, gather compliance information and report back to the corporate network, displaying the results on the administrator’s dashboard. This capability helps narrow the mobile blind spot significantly.

Today’s successful businesses run at the speed of light, requiring employees and corporate assets to be available and accessible 24x7. Enterprises must find ways to allow rapid, flexible access while protecting themselves from serious risk. When employees travel with corporate data on laptops and other mobile devices, it becomes increasingly difficult to manage and control such data, or even know if it’s being protected, thereby creating a “mobile blind spot” that has the potential to wreak havoc on your corporate communications network.

Identifying key mobile blind spots and taking steps to protect data in transit is critical to protecting your business. This slideshow outlines five real-world tactics identified by Qwest that you can use to enhance mobile security in your organization. These tactics will help provide your workforce with the flexibility it needs to be productive anywhere, anytime, while protecting valuable corporate assets and the enterprise network against imminent security breaches and risk in an expanding mobile world.

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