Mobility is a constantly changing platform for enterprises everywhere. The move to mobile not only increases overall enterprise productivity and convenience, but also creates new types of vulnerabilities.
Before switching to a new mobile plan or changing mobility policy, a company usually conducts a risk assessment or other form of analysis to identify any potential risks. In order to deploy a successful mobile plan, all potential vulnerabilities should be taken into consideration.
Three key steps in assessing a company’s mobility vulnerabilities:
- Identify app usage in business processes
- One of the beginning steps of a successful vulnerability assessment is understanding the relationships between certain applications and certain business processes. During this step, apps and business processes need to be analyzed in terms of potential security holes and the amount of data stored and processed through these applications. Taking these qualifications into consideration classifies applications by function criticality.
- Pinpoint data sources
- When running a vulnerability assessment it may be easy for professionals to focus on what is directly in front of them. For this reason, some key data storage and processing devices may be overlooked. One of the major components of a mobility vulnerability assessment is, of course, mobile devices, but not only company devices should be taken into consideration. When conducting an assessment, it may be necessary to issue a questionnaire or survey to identify what information could be on personal devices.
- Assess hardware usage
- Whether downsizing or increasing space, hardware usage must be understood so no security holes are created in upcoming changes. The potential for any loss or leaks decreases by understanding what data and applications are stored on certain devices,. Classifying which devices store information pertinent to the initiative cuts down on any confusion later in the process.
Switching a mobility scheme comes with security threats that are easily taken care. An in-house analysis of current mobile efforts may identify potential risks, but pairing with a mobile management provider also ensures success.
HOBI International, Inc. is a full-scale mobile lifecycle management company. HOBI helps identify enterprises’ mobile needs from deployment to device recycling. Through a risk assessment, HOBI may identify any potential vulnerabilities and the precautions that need to be taken.
Mobility vulnerabilities are easy to identify with the right precautions and amount of attention. Through a detailed examination of applications and company/employee devices, any security holes or potential for data leaks may be identified and eliminated.