With mobile devices flooding the workplace, along with the accompanying technologies and connectivity that allow for anytime, anyplace access to data and computing, more and more workers are joining the "mobile workforce."
Data loss, leakage and theft can be catastrophic to small business. Besides the irreparable reputation damage a data breach can cause, a small business can suffer serious financial losses from stolen or lost data, just like a big company.
The key is to secure the growing mobile resources in your business without compromising productivity. Here are four effective, cost-efficient recommendations for doing exactly that:
- Biometric-based protection of mobile devices is a near bulletproof and increasingly affordable way to ensure that the one accessing the data is in fact the person who is supposed to be accessing it. Facial imaging, voice verification, fingerprint recognition and electronic card readers coupled with passwords give two-factor protection for devices and data. This protection can be built into the devices when purchased or added on later.
- Set strict data access controls, even if it means erring on the side of caution. Only provide access to files or applications to those who need it. You can always loosen access and usage parameters later. There are several very user-friendly Mobile Device Access Control (MDAC) solutions available to small businesses.
- Consider a virtual private network (VPN). One way to protect data in transit away from the office is the creation of a VPN. A VPN provides a mobile workforce with secure access to the primary network via the internet through encrypted connections. VPNs help in dealing with the reality that the firewall no longer ends within the confines of the office, as the network extends to the endpoint.
- Encryption converts data gained from unauthorized access or stolen devices into a useless jumble of symbols. Whole-disk encryption scrambles all data stored on hard drives and then protects it wherever it goes, including to and from mobile devices. For devices with no hard drive, like smartphones, file folder encryption protects specific files these devices access. Check with a trusted technology partner for the best encryption solution for your small business.
Let Dell help you secure your mobile devices and data, call your sales representative for more information.