A Look At The Need For Better Security On Government-Issued Mobile Devices
With near-universal use of mobile devices in the government sector, there is a growing need for mobile device management to address privacy and security concerns.
According to a recent Canadian article from The Globe and Mail, sensitive government information is at risk because mobile security solutions are not being employed on thousands of government-issued mobile devices. This lack of security puts sensitive government information at risk of theft, exposure, and loss if the mobile devices are misplaced or stolen.
Although there are network security solutions in place for personal computers, the shift to mobile devices in the workplace has brought more challenges to information security. Mobile device management solutions are increasingly employed to protect sensitive information by centrally managing, securing, supporting, and tracking all devices used in the workplace.
Mobile device management solutions frequently include:
1. Clear Policy Enforcement
Clear and up-to-date government policies and best practices in regards to the use of mobile devices must be made available to government workers to ensure that secure procedures are being used. A key safeguard in cybersecurity is, after all, an informed user base.
2. Mobile Security Management Solutions
Using diagnostic reports and real-time analytics, a mobile device management solution can keep network administrators informed of potential security threats. A centrally managed mobile network can benefit from this broad approach while providing enough flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances.
3. Mobile Content Management
Content management includes securing sensitive information so that it is only available within specified settings, such as during specific times or at specific geographic locations. In the case of a lost or stolen cell phone, this sensitive information can’t be accessed when appropriate content security is in place.
4. Mobile Email Management
To ensure the security of email sent and received on government-issued mobile devices, not to mention within the government network, mobile email management can provide specific security settings. These security settings can also filter emails so that only secure files are opened within the government network.
Since mobile devices are the new means of communication in the workplace, up-to-date security measures must be in place to prevent sensitive information from being lost, stolen, or exposed. Mobile device management solutions are able to address the security needs of the current and growing use of mobile devices in the workplace, helping protect against the many risks they face.