Employees are not going to stop bringing their own devices to work, and so BYOD security is going to continue as a key part of the security professional's job description. Not only must corporate data and networks be protected from hackers targeting enterprise systems; mobile endpoints now, too, must be defended. There's nothing obvious or easy about the mobile endpoint security challenge. The BYOD era has multiplied the attack surface for hackers while the IT department's control over the endpoints is not likely to become any easier. This guide looks at all aspects of the mobile challenge and offers up various approaches IT pros can take, from strategy to tools and training, and also outlines the newest challenges already on the mobile device security horizon.
Start with a mobile endpoint security strategy
Any effective mobile endpoint security program must start with a strategy. The number and types of mobile devices employees bring to the enterprise has been increasing exponentially and without a good plan in place, ensuring enterprise security is just not possible. The articles listed here will help you create a comprehensive and clear strategy that takes into consideration the risks employee- and company-owned mobile devices present to sensitive corporate assets.
Combating the wrong enemy? Evolving threats and new attack surfaces demand your mobile security strategy keep pace. Continue Reading
Virtual private networks have long secured remote users. Learn how a mobile device VPN factors into your security strategy. Continue Reading
When mobile vendors stop maintaining security on their devices, enterprise data is at risk. Expert Michael Cobb discusses how to assess mobile product end of life and how to create end-of-life policies and controls to maintain BYOD safety. Continue Reading
2Tools and training-
The tools to battle the threats that mobile endpoints invite
When the mobile era dawned, so did the new age of mobile security threats. But with the proper tools and training, enterprise assets can be defended. Here's your guide to what tools exist and what training enterprise employees need to help keep company data and networks secure.
New mobility tools beef up security options for IT around secure VPN, Android devices and IAM. Continue Reading
Mobile device security training can help reduce the threat of malicious mobile apps by making users think twice before clicking download. Continue Reading
Traditional security does not always work for mobile as mobile operating systems are different to those on PCs, says MobileIron's Mike Raggo Continue Reading
Focusing on the endpoints themselves is a crucial security step
Strategy, policy, training and tools are all must-haves. But to achieve true enterprise security in the mobile age requires spending time and effort focusing on the endpoints themselves. Here are some things to consider.
Experts say unified endpoint management for mobile devices, laptops and desktops will take more time due to the complex, evolving demands of mobile security management. Continue Reading
Trying to secure every employee's smartphone and tablet is impossible. Focus on securing data, which is less tedious and more beneficial, anyway. Continue Reading
The new issues emerging for mobile endpoint security
Every season seems to bring with it a new type of tablet, phone or other digital device. And with the latest cyber toys come new cyber threats. As the saying goes, the only constant is change -- so true, when it comes to mobile device security. So read up on the latest round of changing security concerns for mobile endpoints, and what can be done about them.
News roundup: A wireless car hack demonstration has pushed vehicle security legislation and DMCA exemptions into the spotlight, and prompted a manufacturer recall. Plus: Hacking Team update; DHS email issues; and smartwatches vulnerable to attack. Continue Reading
Hackers, fraudsters, rogue governments and unscrupulous commercial operators are exploiting flaws in the architecture of the mobile phone signalling system known as SS7 Continue Reading
Learn even more about mobile device threats and defense
These presentations round out our guide and fill you in on what the security landscape looks like when it comes to the threats involving mobile devices. Listen to the words of wisdom from these three experts in the field to supplement your new knowledge about mobile device security.
Monitoring for malware isn’t enough. Enterprise IT pros must evolve their security strategy in the mobile era, because you can bet attackers will.
At RSA 2015, Appthority president and co-founder Domingo Guerra outlines emerging mobile security risks enterprises must be aware of -- and the issues aren't limited to just bring your own devices (BYOD).
Video: KPMG's Ronald Plesco discusses the main emerging security trends -- security analytics, the Internet of Things and virtualization -- and what else is on the horizon for the industry.
6Terms to know-
Part of keeping up with developments in mobile endpoint security, and the security field in general, is keeping up with the terminology. In this module we've gathered definitions to the key terms in this ever-changing industry.
- application sandboxing
- COPE (corporate-owned, personally-enabled)
- dual persona (mobile device management)
- endpoint security management
- enterprise wipe
- endpoint fingerprinting
- mobile application manager (MAM)
- mobile device management (MDM)