How Can You Protect Your Business from Mobile Device Threats?

How Can You Protect Your Business from Mobile Device Threats?

This is the last in a series of eight articles focusing on practical ways to block key Cyber Crime Gateways. Please see past newsletter editions on our website for previous articles.


The number of mobile phone users around the world is projected to exceed five billion by 2019, which means the cybercriminal playground is expanding-especially with the trend of BYOD to the workplace. It is now commonplace for personal and professional lives to converge on mobile devices such as smart phones, tablets and laptops. How can you protect your business from the mobile threat landscape? Keep reading for basic steps that can make a big difference.

A Trend Micro blog article lists 10 key steps you can promote among your team to protect devices and data. The article even goes a step further by explaining how set up 1-3 on an IOS or Android phone-it's worth checking out.

  1. Regularly update the operating system and apps.
  2. Use built-in security features such as Find My iPhone to track where it is and remotely erase data if needed.
  3. Minimize location access.
  4. Avoid connecting to unsecured Wi-Fi networks.
  5. Download apps from trusted sources.
  6. Know the risks of jailbreaking/rooting.
  7. Be wary of unsolicited calls or messages.
  8. Set automatic locks on mobile devices and enforce passcode authentication.
  9. Limit the personal information given to apps and websites.
  10. Manage what is shared online.

Other good precautions include controlling physical access to devices and having an incident response plan for lost or stolen devices. Advanced security, capable of blocking and identifying abnormal device behavior, can be a good option for your team. Call us if you are interested in more information.