It’s no secret that the growth of mobile technology has transformed the lives of individual users and how enterprises run their business. The use of mobile devices to run enterprise operations continues to grow making it possible for employees to access the company’s systems and data from various locations and comfortably perform their tasks as and when required.

This growth is a double-edged sword because on one side it has presented significant opportunities and convenience to the businesses. However, on the other hand, security risks and threats have now become a major concern that enterprises have to contend with. Some of these risks include data breaches, loss, or misplacement of devices.

To effectively address these security risks and threats, companies can no longer take a reactive approach whereby they wait to respond to threats as they happen. Instead, they need to take an active role in setting up necessary measures and policies that prevent the occurrence of these threats and detail the steps to be taken when the security threats occur.

Below, we are going to discuss ways in which you can address mobile computing security risks.

  1. Install Anti-Virus Software and Anti-Malware

Malware is a program designed for malicious intent. They are designed to cause extensive damage to devices, servers, systems, networks or to gain unauthorized access to a network. Malware comes in different forms including computer viruses, worms, Trojan horses, ransomware, spyware, or rogue software. To safeguard your devices against malware, ensure your devices have anti-malware and anti-virus software that is updated and run regularly to ensure your devices remain secure. Another way of safeguarding your mobile devices from malware is downloading applications only from official app stores.

  1. Use Secure Wi-Fi Connections

One of the easiest ways which cybercriminals use to intercept your data and information is through public Wi-Fi. Unsecured public networks can also be used to deliver malware. Therefore, unsecured public networks should always be avoided unless you are using a VPN.

  1. Use a Mobile Device Management System

In today’s business environment, it is a common practice for employees to carry their devices to their homes or take them on a field assignment outside the company’s office. In these instances, the chances of mobile devices getting lost or being stolen are higher. A company can consider using a mobile device management system such that if the device is misplaced or stolen, the company can locate the device, lock it, and wipe off all data.

  1. Enforce Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

MFA is an authentication method that requires the user to provide multiple verifications in order to be granted access to a resource such as a website, application, or online account. MFA can be used to enhance an organization’s security because the user will be prompted to provide another means of verification apart from providing their username and password. Additional verification can be a code sent to the user’s cell phone. This can prevent cyber attacks especially when the login credentials have been compromised.

  1. Use Data Encryption

Data encryption can help you protect the highly sensitive data you send, receive, or store using a device. By encrypting the data, you restrict its access except to people who have the decryption code or password. This means that if the devices are lost or misplaced, there will be no unauthorized access to the data and your data will remain secure.

  1. Educate Your Employees

Setting up all the necessary security measures for your mobile devices can prove to be counterproductive if your employees don’t understand the value of safeguarding the organization’s data. All employees should be educated about the security risks involved while using mobile devices in their daily tasks. They should be made aware of their responsibilities when it comes to the handling of mobile devices. They should also be educated on the steps to follow in reporting incidences of a data breach. The training should also be conducted periodically for the purpose of emphasis and to address any new threats and the company’s security updates.

Security risks in mobile computing are here to stay and will only continue increasing as long as there is the growth of mobile technology. These security threats do not have to be a stumbling block to achieving business success. Companies should continue exploiting the opportunities that mobile devices have brought. Companies can still reap the benefits of mobile technology by ensuring they make proactive steps to secure their mobile devices.