By Chris Pyle
Mobile technology is continuing to transform the way people work, helping employees be more efficient and productive. A vast majority of employees today work from mobile devices, but managing mobile devices – both company and employee-owned – is a universal challenge.
This challenge is equally as pressing for small- to medium-sized businesses as it is for large enterprises. Jeremy Grant, an adviser at the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology, said there has been “a relatively sharp increase in hackers and adversaries targeting small businesses” over the past few years, and Symantec has reported triple-digit increases in cyberattacks on small businesses. SMBs tend to have weaker digital security and this makes them more appealing targets for hackers.
Allowing a growing number of devices access to sensitive company data and networks requires putting well-defined policies and safeguards in place, no matter the size of the business. Mobile security best practices hold true whether you have five employees (and devices) or 5,000. Understanding what businesses are doing to secure mobile access to company systems, particularly those related to password management and mobile‐device policy enforcement, is essential to crafting a strong BYOD policy.
Champion Solutions Group and MessageOps recently polled 447 IT decision‐makers across a spectrum of business sizes and industries in the first annual survey of mobile device security policies. A full 272 of the companies surveyed are SMBs that manage 250 or fewer devices. The survey provides a baseline that enables SMBs to compare their policies to peer organizations and identify ways to improve their mobile security posture through five key recommendations.