Safer Internet Day: Creating a better future with mobile starts with evolving security

By Will Kelly

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Society is already well on its way toward creating a better future with mobile. As Safer Internet Day on Feb. 6, 2018 approaches, it’s a great time to stop and consider how mobile technology helps to make the internet safer for enterprise and consumer users.

Mobile technologies build a safer internet

As enterprises and consumers increasingly move to mobile devices first, and computers second, developments in mobile security are making the internet safer for us all.

For example, consider the evolution of MDM to more holistic EMM, which takes a platform approach that protects corporate data and devices from malware and other malicious attacks. Organizations are setting their MDM platforms to force updates on corporate-owned and BYO devices to ensure that their users are always running the most recent mobile OS and app updates to protect their mobile users from threats. Technologies, such as mobile threat management, geofencing and analytics, are joining the EMM platform to help enterprises build out mobile security strategies to adapt to changing threats against their mobile workforce.

Android Nougat, which is now 21 percent of the Android distribution in the market, includes seamless updates, file-based encryption and direct boot, helping solve some — if not all — Android security concerns for enterprise and consumers alike. EMM providers are also updating their Android support, further opening the doors to the enterprise for this mobile OS.

Corporate end-user security and BYOD training also help educate corporate users on the latest mobile threats, which creates a mobile workforce of security-conscious users that contribute to a safer internet in general. These mobile enterprise security developments also have a trickle-down effect to the consumer level, as employees utilize the security practices they learn at work on their personal devices.

The major consumer app stores have been progressively shoring up their security as they crack down on malicious apps. For example, 60 malicious apps — some targeting children — were recently removed from the Android app store, reports Wired.

The Mobile Ecosystem Forum Mobile Money Report states that 61 percent of people use their mobile phone to carry out banking activity, with 48 percent using a dedicated banking app. Banking apps for major banks and credit unions benefit from mobile OS and programmatic security improvements. Updating these apps from an app store enable the banking institutions to push the latest security updates to their customers to counter threats against their financial data.

Creating a better future with mobile

The safer internet that mobile technology helps create leads to a better future for mobile users. The number of mobile subscribers hit 5 billion in 2017 according to GSMA, multiplying even small moves to improve safety to major benefits at scale.

Mobile-first strategies and BYOD trends demand constant monitoring and innovative security solutions to protect mobile workforces. Studies show that mobile malware hits 100 percent of businesses, according to Dark Reading. Mobile security developments taking place today in the areas of EMM, mobile threat intelligence and malware prevention are necessary for a better mobile future.

Today’s focus on mobile OS security leads to a secure, mobile-first future for consumers and enterprises. Consumer users benefit as mobile banking and e-commerce both continue to rise, report Business Insider and Mobile Marketer. There’s also a positive impact on mobile health apps and wearables. Early adopters of wearables and mobile health are evolving over time from curiosity to wanting more from their wearable once the security and usability of this data improves. People are going to want to know their heart rate and how many calories they burned at circuit training, then they’ll want the tools to chart their health trends and even share the information with their doctor. They’ll be able to do all of this and feel their personal data is secure on their mobile devices through the mobile security innovations that are taking place right now.

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Will Kelly

Technical Writer & Content Creator

Will Kelly is a technical writer and content creator focusing on cloud computing, software-as-a-service, and enterprise mobility. He started his writing career writing technical documentation for commercial and federal government clients but now focuses on thought leadership content.…

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