66% of SMBs experience cyber-attacks—how to keep yours safe.

Most companies think that if their computers are secure, they’re covered. But that’s just one piece of the puzzle. In fact, 66% of small and mid-size businesses experienced cyber-attacks in 2019. 60% of those affected went out of business and those that stayed open spent an average of $1.2 million to respond and remediate.

To improve security, you need a combination of desktop security plus protection for your smartphones, tablets, and laptops. Focusing on only one or the other leaves your business susceptible to cyberattacks. It’s like locking your front door but leaving your windows wide open. 

As remote working becomes the new reality for many employees due to COVID-19, vulnerable mobile devices have become a major target for cybercriminals. Not only do smartphones, tablets, and laptops carry both business and personal data, but users can be easily distracted or misguided by malicious messages and apps making them an easy mark for hackers. 

With approximately 80% of employees accessing company emails through their mobile devices, the chance of employees inadvertently giving a hacker access to company data is high—if your devices aren’t secure. All it takes is for them to do any one of the following to open the door for a cybercriminal to gain access to your entire network:

  • Click a corrupt link in an email, text, or social media
  • Download a malicious app or visit an unsafe site
  • Use a fake or unsecure Wi-Fi connection
  • Plug their device into a compromised public charging hub

To help protect your business from these seemingly innocent daily activities, you need to arm yourself with a multi-layered arsenal of security solutions. The good news is that it’s not difficult to put mobile security in place—once you know what to look for.

The basic layers of mobile device security.

In order to help protect your mobile devices, and your business, from cyberattacks, you need mobile security solutions that will perform the following roles:

  • Protect devices, apps, and access types
  • Detect and block threats
  • Remediate threats
  • Secure mobile connections

This can be achieved by combining three layers of security solutions.

  1. Mobile Device Management (MDM)
  2. Mobile Threat Detection (MTD)
  3. Secure Hotspots / Wi-Fi

Individually, these solutions are strong options for different categories of mobile security.  Combine them and they can provide your business with robust layers of mobile security. Here is what each provides.

Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions will help you manage and protect all your mobile devices, apps, and content—including who can access them—from one dashboard. An effective MDM solution can provide you a multitude of features to better manage your devices:

  • Security: Protect devices, data, and apps with passcode requirements, encryption, and access controls
  • Controls: Remotely locate, lock, and wipe lost or stolen devices
  • Visibility: Provide visibility and reports into user activity, security, and more
  • Flexibility: Most will work with any mobile device, regardless of model or carrier

Mobile Threat Detection (MTD) solutions continually monitor your mobile devices, detecting threats, and alert both you and your device management solution to take a recommended action. Think of it as your own personal mobile device security guard. When looking into MTD solutions, make sure that you choose one that integrates with your MDM solution to allow for optimal protection.

Secure Hotspots complete the security solution triangle by using your own secure Wi-Fi via a hotspot helping to protect your people wherever they work. Cellular networks are inherently more secure than public Wi-Fi since they’re based on a SIM authentication, which has its own keys to create a secure connection. Using your own hotspot to connect your smartphone, tablet, or laptop eliminates the need to use public or private Wi-Fi connections at your local coffeeshop or other potentially unsecure locations.

Put all three of these mobile security options together—on top of your desktop security—and you can better protect your business from cybercriminals.

To learn more, check out T-Mobile for Business mobile device management solutions

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