Businesses are working under all new conditions today as technology and savvy employees lead the way to innovation. Keeping up with the pace at which efficiencies are being introduced can be difficult. This is especially true in workplaces with millennials and generations of workers who have grown up using mobile devices to do just about everything.
These connected workers are getting more done in less time and wasting less resources. But, along with the myriad of benefits that come with technological innovations, there are also some pretty scary security gaps that professional criminals are targeting every day.
Finding backways into company networks, stealing data or worse, taking down an entire operations, isn’t just something that happens in a science fiction movie.
Cyber-attacks are very real today and their impact has already crippled even some of the biggest and most advanced companies. The best way to prepare for any potential issues is to understand how these security breaches can happen and to future proof your network and implement compliance procedures.
The Problem with BYOD
When it comes to mobile device use in the workplace, the efficiency gains can’t be ignored. Not being tethered to a desk, the ability to send, share and collaborate while on the go – and so many other reasons mobile devices are important for today’s business user. But carrying around multiple devices can get overwhelming. Most employees would prefer to do everything they need from a single device. That includes both personal and business tasks. Since this is the case, companies need to be aware of how their employees are accessing their networks and have rules in place to ensure security remains a priority.
One of the top ways hackers are making their way into unauthorized networks is by fooling users to download seemingly okay applications to their devices. While some users are still clicking on questionable links, others understand that there could be a virus or other problem associated with unrecognized links. But downloading an app is a big enough risk that awareness is also necessary. Using this method, cyber criminals can connect to networks, servers and even move or delete data simply via the malicious app.
Public Wi-Fi Dangers
Even if your employees are cautious about suspicious links or apps and have made updates to their phones, they may use public Wi-Fi while traveling without realizing that this channel is also a top target used by hackers to steal personal information off of mobile devices – and all they need is that device to connect to the Wi-Fi.
Lack of Proper Updates
Whether it’s an old device being used that no longer supports operating system updates, user negligence ignoring needed updates, or simply not understanding the importance of patches and fixes to keep devices protected, there are many ways criminals can target a company today.
If you’re worried about how employees are using their mobile devices, you should seriously consider investing in a managed IT services provider who can help with security and compliance needs – or it could cost your business significant losses.
Find out how ASG’s Network Defense Services and other offerings will protect your company from cyber criminals and regulatory and compliance fines.