Smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices are making it easier than ever for employees to stay productive. Yet as their use grows, so do threats to data security. Mobile security breaches cost small businesses more than $125,000 per year on average, according to a 2012 survey by Symantec. Particularly severe attacks can even drive a company out of business.
These examples show how companies in three different industries could help secure their mobile data. Though the examples are fictional, the solutions are real. Use these tips to help safeguard your devices and protect the health of your business:
Attorneys at a law firm rely on smartphones and tablets to respond to clients, schedule meetings and track billable time. Because much of the information stored on these devices is highly sensitive, the firm’s principals need to be sure the devices are secure. To achieve this, they could:
Technicians at an appliance repair company use their smartphones to stay in contact with office staff after customer visits, schedule appointments and accept payments. The company’s management wants to ensure that devices are used safely and that information is protected in case a device goes missing. They could:
The sales team at a sporting goods wholesaler relies on laptops and tablets to give presentations and show new products to current customers. The employees also rely on their smartphones to set up meetings while on the road and take notes on follow-up steps. To help protect the data on these devices, the company could:
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