Mobile Enterprise Apps And Their Threats

Mobile devices are quickly overtaking home devices in terms of the total number of daily users. Recent research estimates more than six hundred million smartphone users by next year. These devices are quickly replacing home computers in both the home and workplace for virtually everything from web browsing to shopping to internet banking. The explosion in smartphone usage poses significant challenges to security professionals who must balance user expectations while also protecting corporate, institutional, and governmental networks. This article will discuss how security professionals can best utilize their transferable skills to defend their clients, customers, and systems.

While there are no universal rules for protecting corporate and government networks, some general considerations should be made when evaluating what devices employees should be carrying and using while away from the office. For one thing, mobile devices should only be able to access applications approved by the carrier they are associated with. Therefore, it is best to implement a device-blocking feature that prohibits downloads of potentially harmful or incompatible apps.

As mobile device use becomes increasingly prevalent throughout enterprises, managing threats and vulnerabilities are likely to become even more challenging. While several self-explanatory ways to mitigate a mobile attack, the most practical solutions involve implementing sandboxing, preventing malware from automatically installing on devices, and maintaining secure connections between clients and servers. Sandbox

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