Bring your own security nightmare

by Liz Edwards for blog, EMM, MODA

Mobile security

Firms need to look to strong SIM-based mobility management security offerings to prevent compromising their business

Ask anyone in IT about employees that pose the biggest threat to security and the honest ones will tell you that it’s usually the executives. Why? Because it’s the bosses that show up on Monday morning clutching the latest and greatest gadget, or the niftiest app, and expect it to be connected to the corporate network.

Apple iPhones and iPads are often the preferred choice of the executive class, but it could be a new Android device from Samsung, HTC or Sony. Maybe even a Windows Phone.  What every employee wants at work is the same ease of access to enterprise apps and services that they enjoy with social media apps and entertainment at home.

The security nightmare

The problem is that it causes another headache in the constant migraine that is IT security. Organizations are caught between a rock and a hard place, wanting to empower their people with work-anywhere devices that increase productivity but also expose the business to more security risks. Cyber criminals know that mobile devices are a weak endpoint in enterprise security.

Recently hackers are reported to have breached at least one major law firm, looking for insider information about potential Mergers & Acquisitions.

“One of the difficulties is that some senior partners do not adhere to security policies set out by their firms. As an example some firms have policies barring the use of online storage services such as DropBox, partners continue to use them. “

Take into account the leak of the Panama Papers where more than 11 million pages of documents from Mossack Fonseca, a Panama-based law firm. According to analysis shows that security was more than lapse!

“The front-end computer systems of Mossack Fonseca are outdated and riddled with security flaws”

Now that is a security nightmare!

Catch 22 with BYOD

Coupled with this vulnerability is the challenge of handling the diversity of devices and operating systems coming through the office door. Gartner predicts that half of mid-sized and large companies will require their users to supply their own device for work purposes by 2017. The upshot is that most organizations need to think about how to manage an influx of smartphones and tablets from different manufacturers, balancing the productivity benefits with the increased security risks of introducing a BYOD policy.

Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions help, but are only part of the solution. (Find out how in our Missing piece in the Mobile Management jigsaw blog.) Covering the different OS options is just the start. Android is particularly tricky because there are so many different manufacturers with their own features and tweaks to the OS. Keeping up with the relentless pace of change – new devices, new apps, OS upgrades – is a drain on resources and risks becoming a security nightmare.

Protection and Prevention from the SIM up!

Because Asavie’s network of private APNs stand at the junction of multiple global carriers, Asavie is uniquely able to offer a customized mobility security solution with user authentication via the SIM and increasingly the soft SIM. Asavie Moda is a device agnostic solution that permits the IT department to set policy controls over a heterogeneous mobile estate down to the individual user.  Using Asavie Moda enterprises prevents access to sites and services that carry risks, in order to stop mobile cyber threats. (See our previous blog on blocking cyber threats at source). And it’s all updated automatically, so the user has minimum work to do.

Compare this with an MDM solution, which has to be configured to work on a device-by-device basis, and you’ll understand why organizations choose to supplement their mobile strategies with Asavie Moda.

If it is time to look at your mobility strategy, take a look at the latest Asavie EMM eBook.


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