IT and security teams have had excellent visibility into what is happening on laptops and desktops of employees, but as more mobile devices connect to the network, enterprises face new endpoint security challenges.
Mobile devices have become the primary endpoint in every enterprise. But most organizations have zero visibility on mobile devices. This means that there may already be attacks launched against them through these devices that they are unaware of.
Mobile devices need proper access control methods that restrict access only to your approved companies. They must also block suspicious mobile security applications since they hide malicious intentions and move in the network unmonitored.
There are plenty of security solutions in place that protect sensitive data, in enterprise storage and the cloud, from data loss prevention software to firewalls. But the mobile endpoint security is one of the biggest security weaknesses today. Hackers have been exploiting this weakness frequently – Verizon’s “2020 Mobile Security Report” stated four in ten companies were breached through a mobile device.
Mobile Devices are Under-protected
Even though organizations have Defense-in-depth (DiD) solutions protecting desktops and laptops, there is no such level of protection for enterprise mobile devices. Very few organizations have security tools today from an endpoint protection standpoint.
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Phishing detection and prevention is very crucial for mobile. It is the most common way mobile devices are compromised, and this threat is on the rise due to the increase in mobile device adoption and the surge in remote work during the coronavirus pandemic.
Also, mobile devices are designed for communication, and as a result, they have more attack vectors for phishing than desktops/laptops. Malicious applications and Wi-Fi hotspots are other common entry points to mobile device compromise.
A Strong Endpoint Security Solution
If enterprises want to fit mobile devices into their digital perimeter securely, they need a powerful cybersecurity solution – a next-gen solution with the right key features like EDR, firewalls, next-gen anti-virus, and so on.
Along with device security solutions like endpoint protection or application security solutions and necessary precautions like utilizing a VPN and avoiding public Wi-Fi, there are other best practices for securing the mobile endpoint security.
Enterprises also need a solution they can deploy on mobile devices, including devices belonging to their employees. Enforcing consistency in the perimeter creates a much stronger barrier against enemies in both the short and long terms.
Cyber Security Best Practices
When it comes to enterprise security, employees are the weakest link. They must have the training and knowledge not to take the bait of malicious links and fall prey to social engineering attempts. Security teams and the technologies are left with minimal options once the malware has infiltrated a device.
Most importantly, companies must establish and enforce clear rules on what the employees can and cannot download on their network. Threat actors tend to hide their malicious programs in seemingly innocuous programs, documents, and applications to fool their victims and evade detection.
The main issue in a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) culture is that organizations do not directly control what the employees do with the devices after office hours. Organizations can ask them to download endpoint security solutions to connect to the network.