From malware — including viruses, worms, trojans, spyware, and madware (malicious + adware) — to advanced persistent threats (APTs) and social engineering, mobile security threats are on the rise. At a time when business data is considered among the most valuable enterprise assets, safeguarding this data has become IT’s #1 job.

To determine the best course of action to protect your business, consider the ubiquitous nature of today’s security threats.Malware and viruses are growing in sophistication and can attack virtually any connected device. Direct attacks through Denial of Service (DoS) and Malicious SMS are another way in for cyber criminals.

Threats from malicious apps include those that ask for too many privileges as well as those that are repackaged to include malware. Data leakage can occur through exploitation and misconduct, allowing access to inappropriate sites with repercussions across the network. These everywhere-all-the-time threats to smartphones — combined with the mission-critical nature of mobile applications — make security awareness and action a strategic imperative.

The Mobile Security Imperative 2 14To navigate today’s dynamic security landscape, businesses should consider a holistic end-to-end approach with protection on the device, a secure network connection, and advanced controls at the network level. Mobile security solutions can include network-based, carrier grade protection designed to the specific requirements of the organization, and should be fully integrated and flexible enough to respond when security policies change.

Buttressing your mobile security strategy with end-to-end protection offers more than peace of mind. A holistic approach to protection means security policies and enforcement can be managed centrally, allowing for seamless rollout of policy-driven updates and the remote wiping of any device suspected of compromise.

To learn more about managing your mobile security challenges, check out my recent conversation with Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief for Light Reading.: “Mobile Security in a BYOD World.”

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