If you’re going to be using a smartphone as part of your workplace productivity – and of course, this is the case for most people working in business – then you will need to have more security in place than the average smartphone user normally has. If you are an SMB and are partnered with an IT provider, then your provider should be able to help you with adopting security solutions for smartphones. An IT support London provider that we spoke to suggested some of the key security solutions that businesses should be putting in place:
Corporate Phone Policies
Policies, within the context of IT, are sets of rules that can be applied to devices. For example, you may not use a password for your smartphone normally; but if your company has a password policies enforced on devices that connect to the company network, your phone will prompt you to setup a password. Phone policies can be applied for a range of different purposes.
A Virtual Private Network enables users to send and receive data across a public network as though they are on a private network – offering better security and privacy that if you simply connect directly to a public network. If you frequently travel for work, and find yourself connecting to public networks to access the internet, a VPN is an essential tool to add a layer of protection to your device.
Enterprise Mobility Management
EMM is a service for managing smartphones. It is particularly useful when you are using a personal smartphone for work purposes (known as Bring Your Own Device policies). Enterprise mobility management will ensure that company data is encrypted and processed separately to personal data on your device – this data includes emails, documents and work applications. You can also use EMM to enforce policies on devices, configure VPNs on devices, remote wipe corporate data from a device (in the event of it getting lost or stolen). This service is an effective way of integrating IT into your mobile device – making it easier for your IT support provider to support those kinds of devices.