Mobile data protection takes the spotlight on World Backup Day

By Jonathan Crowl

There’s a good reason why World Backup Day is March 31. On the eve of April Fools’ Day, it’s worth reminding companies of the importance of smart device management. With mobile environments constantly creating new security concerns, mobile data protection continues to be of the utmost importance. Companies ignorant to these challenges often end up looking like “fools.”

In order to ensure mobile data security, enterprises must have effective mobile device management strategies in place. These strategies should incorporate a number of different protection measures that serve to prevent data breaches and ensure that data can’t be acquired or analyzed by outside sources.

Here are four key mobile data protection practices:

Mobile device locks

Mobile device locks are often the first line of defense for smartphones and tablets. Most of these devices come with stock software that ensures basic protection. But, in cases where employees are bringing their own devices to work, they likely don’t have a lock that’s strong enough to secure enterprise data.

Enterprise-issued devices are easier to manage, as the company has the means necessary to ensure that sufficient device lock standards are protecting each phone or tablet. But you can ensure protection in BYOD environments as well. Best practices call for enterprises to run personal devices through a security checklist before they can be entered into the corporate mobile system.

Mobile device data wipes

A lost or stolen device poses a major security concern and therefore must be dealt with immediately. By performing a data wipe, you can remove sensitive data from a device remotely. Unfortunately, this process is much easier to perform on an enterprise device than a personal one that’s used in a BYOD setting. In the latter scenario, the enterprise needs to get permission from the device owner to wipe the corporate data, and they must perform this process without compromising any personal data. This is one of the many reasons why it’s important to make sure that personal and professional data are separated properly in BYOD networks.

Mobile device data encryption

While data encryption isn’t always necessary, this process can be essential when employees are working with highly sensitive or confidential information. After all, encryption is an important safeguard if and when a device is lost or stolen, as the finder won’t be able to access the data without the right key. However, as Ars Technica explains, it’s important to note that encryption can slow down performance on any device. This slight reduction in speed is well worth the security benefit.

Mobile device monitoring and auditing

Once an effective mobile data protection strategy is established, compliance becomes an ongoing point of emphasis for IT professionals. In order to make sure that security measures remain intact, enterprises should monitor devices and audit their usage on a regular basis. IT should also monitor the workplace environment for connected devices that haven’t been approved or cleared by security checklists, as these devices are a major liability. Any such devices should be removed from the enterprise network until they go through the necessary approval process.

It’s clear that the best way for enterprises to celebrate World Backup Day is to use it as a helpful reminder to ensure that they have all of the necessary mobile data security measures in place. After all, security downfalls have the potential to pose a major threat to an enterprise as a whole.

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Jonathan Crowl

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Jonathan Crowl has served as a tech writer and reporter for a number of tech publications and corporations. Specializing in mobile technology and digital startups, he is based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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