Security Risks and Privacy Threats to Enterprise Mobility Apps

As many enterprises have introduced bring your own device (BYOD) in the organizations, more and more employees have started using their own mobiles and devices to access corporate data. Through enterprise mobility apps, they access the corporate data via their personal mobile phones and tablets. There are several advantages of BYOD and it also helps to improve employee productivity. However, there are many disadvantages and security issues also.

The bottom line: Mobile security and privacy threats are the main challenge for the IT companies that develop enterprise mobility apps.

What are the major security issues and privacy threats?Twitter

Third-Party Apps:

Many tech-savvy employees download and use third-party business applications and use them to sync/share, IM, etc. Though your employees have good intentions, using third party apps can put your business at risk. There is a possibility of malware and spyware. The third-party apps can steal the data also. Poor coding practices for third party apps can result in maliciousness. They can gain unauthorized access to your business information and sensitive data.

Network Threats:

Although enterprise mobility solutions and it’s apps are secure, there are chances that the employees connect to networks outside the office. Unsecure Wi-Fi networks used outside the office can result in loss of data. It can put your business at risk.

Physical Threats:

There are chances that your employees lose their phones or have it stolen. In such cases, your business data and sensitive information can be leaked.

How IT companies can prevent security issues and privacy threats?

Establish BYOD Policies:

When BYOD is introduced in the organization, it is important to establish BYOD policies. The policies should clearly define the use of BYOD, what types of devices should be used and what business functions can be supported. A standard rule should be defined if the mobile devices are lost or stolen. This can help you reduce the chances of risks.

Develop Internal Mobile Apps:

Many threats and concerns are caused because employees use third party mobile apps. If you want to mitigate the security risks, you can develop internal mobile apps that can be used by the employees. This would eliminate the risk of malware and spyware too. You can develop mobile apps to promote the efficiency and productivity.

App Wrapping:

As the number of smart phone and tablet users increases day by day, you can think of developing native apps that have in-built security features. This would help you save time and money. You can develop applications using mobile application management (MAM). Enterprise mobility apps should be managed centrally using an effective MAM solution. It is a good idea to employ app wrapping to set device-independent policies and security elements.

A better and more contemporary approach can help you deal with the security issues and privacy threats.

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