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Smartphone Security A Business Priority in 2016

When we think of smartphone security, we tend to focus on personal aspects. Things like teenagers installing a popular chat service with some added “bonuses,” or older relatives accidentally installing malware because they aren’t as computer savvy as we’d like them to be. However, smartphones and mobile devices have become a bigger and bigger part of the business landscape, as well. Which is why, from 2016 onward, smartphone security isn’t just a personal issue, but one that companies around the world will be investing heavily in.

Why Do Businesses Care About Smartphone Security?

Bring Your Own Device policies are becoming more and more common among companies, and it’s no surprise why. Mobile devices allow for instant communication, and they de-centralize a business. Now it’s possible for employees to provide updates no matter where they are in the field, and to be sure they have access to all the files and information they need no matter where they are. Whether it’s a digital contract that can be signed on a touch pad, or an entire customer’s report history, it can be downloaded to a mobile device in seconds.

For every up there is a down, though, and for businesses who are embracing the mobile technology revolutions, the downside is the worry that their data will be compromised. With so many downloads going to tablets, smartphones, and other mobile devices, there’s a very real possibility that an unwanted Trojan, or unseen data miner, could destroy a business’s confidentiality and security. The best-case scenario is that a business has to scrub and re-design its entire security setup. The worst case scenario is that a business loses clients in droves, and that several of those clients become the victims of identity theft, or other crimes using their stolen information.

What Steps Are Businesses Taking?

With smartphone security being such a big issue, there are a lot of steps businesses can take. For example, according to EMR and HIPAA, businesses are investing in holistic security protocols, so that all points of access to their devices are strengthened against unwanted hacking. Businesses are also training employees on smartphone use and security, teaching them to recognize the signs of malware, and thus to avoid it. In many circumstances, businesses are giving employees a work device that is to be used only for work, thus ensuring that no one infects their work devices with their personal Internet activities (at least in theory).

The digital world is constantly evolving, and businesses are trying to evolve with it. Perhaps the biggest move when it comes to keeping data safe is making smart, educated decisions on how it’s handled. Keeping a device for one activity only, never connecting to open networks, and using cloud storage for data (and thus taking advantage of all the security protocols that come with software as a service applications), are all ways businesses can avoid drawing the attention of hackers looking to get at their data.

What Does 2016 Hold?

There’s no telling what, specifically, will happen in 2016. However, there have been some developments that are likely to send ripples through smartphone security as an industry. iPhones, for example, were seen as the more secure devices, but thanks to viruses that have targeted the iOS system, that may no longer be true, according to IT Portal. Additionally, while bringing your own device to work has proven popular, it’s also possible that companies may decide the benefits outweigh the risks when it comes to people using personal devices for work activities.

For more information on the latest changes in smartphone security, both for individual and for business use, simply contact us today!