Mobile Devices and Corporate Security

Submitted by marktwain | Category: Business | Published on Jan 21, 2011
Using VPN over the mobile devices can help users encrypt the data transfers between the corporate network and such devices.

Year 2010 was truly a year of mobile devices with iPad and Android devices gaining popularity and becoming the hot tech products. However, this came with a cost.

According to the Internet Security Giant McAfee, mobile devices like iPads, iPhones and Android will be among the major targets for cyber criminals in 2011.

The main reason for that is their fast adoption in the corporate world and lesser success rate with traditional security software like Internet Security and Anti Virus/Malware packages.

Moreover, in order to cut back on costs, companies themselves are giving away smart devices like iPads to their staff. Looking at the scenario, and diminishing differences between the personal and professional lives, people are sure to access their corporate files on their personal devices/machines risking corporate security especially during the holiday season. According to a research conducted by Symantec, some 62% of employees are expected to access their corporate files from their home using such mobile devices/ smart phones.

Now, in this situation, how can companies protect themselves?

One solution to it is by limiting the use of applications on such devices. Like there should be “Company Approved” applications that the users are allowed to use, but this will have chances of revolt, since the devices are owned by users and they will not welcome the idea of corporate regulating their use of it.

Another and perhaps better solution is to use VPN encryption and VPN tunneling technology. There are various companies out there that provide secure VPN servicefor personal as well as corporate use. They offer various services like iPhone VPN service, Android VPN service, etc. and various levels/protocols for encryption like PPTP VPN, SSL VPN, SSTP VPN and OpenVPN.

Using VPN over the mobile devices can help users encrypt the data transfers between the corporate network and such devices. Also, its built-in Firewall and anonymity features help to keep the targeted security attacks at bay.

Not to mention, the same VPN service can also give users various other advantages like protecting their privacy by making them anonymous, giving them IPs of country of their choice, etc.

In short, if you are in charge of company’s network security then you should try to use Corporate VPN service that is also compatible with popular mobile devices.


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