Dan Dearing

-April 23, 2015

Mobile Apps Causing Hiccups for Your BYOD Program?

There are many security predicaments that can affect a BYOD program, and one of the biggest headaches for any BYOD administrator is how to best manage mobile apps. Issues with bandwidth, malicious software, app management and compliance require monitoring and management to ensure they do not present a risk to your corporate network and data.

So, which mobile apps present the most risk, and what can be done to ensure the usage and potential risk of these apps is controlled and contained?

Understanding the Risks The value and the challenge with mobile devices is that they go wherever the user goes, and this can mean they are often used in locations away from the organization’s official premises. The risk of theft or loss of these devices is high, putting your data at increased risk of compromise.

If this isn’t enough to worry about, you also need to consider what effect mobile apps will have inside and outside the workplace. Easy access to public app stores makes it simple for users to find and install third party software. This presents obvious security risks, especially where security limitations or policies are not in place. That game your employee just downloaded from a third-party app store may look fairly innocuous, but it could be loaded with malicious content. Unsecured cloud access could mean your data is at risk should employees use an unsecured device to access it.

BYOD Device Management TipsMobile apps boost the productivity of your staff but they also introduce a variety of threat factors that include:

  • Untrusted Mobiles and Devices – Personally owned BYOD devices are not necessarily trustworthy. Frequent jailbreaking and rooting of mobile phones means that built-in security policies can be bypassed and controlled. It is essential that all devices on your network are secured, monitored and controlled in the right way.
  • Unknown Third Party Apps – Organizations that do not place any security limitations on the installation of third party apps are leaving themselves wide open for trouble. You can reduce exposure to this risk by prohibiting the installation of all third party apps, or creating a secure sandbox area that isolates your network and data from the application.
  • Interaction with Other Systems – Many corporate apps interact with other systems when synchronizing or storing data. When these systems are within the organization’s boundaries, the security implementations are usually acceptable, but risk can be introduced when using these services externally.
  • The Use of Untrusted Content – Untrustworthy content is everywhere, and it can seem fairly harmless at face value. Take the QR code, for example. These can be viewed and processed as quick as a flash, and they can be very useful. However, they can also be the perfect host for malicious data or for unleashing a targeted attack.

Protecting Your Network and Data Centralized mobile management is essential for the organization looking to control the security and configuration of BYOD mobile devices. An enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution will help you to control the installation and usage of third party apps, grant or deny access to enterprise computing resources and give you an overview of the devices in use on your network.

Pulse One simplifies IT management of enterprise access by converging multiple management tools into a single console and integrating with existing IT infrastructure. Pulse One’s embedded mobility management streamlines BYOD support with Pulse Workspace while also providing EMM support for iOS and Android devices.

Call 844-807-8573 today and speak to a Pulse Secure representative. Request a free demo customized to your company’s BYOD and mobile device needs. Harness the power and productivity of mobile devices and apps without the security risk.

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