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Three top tips for improving business security

By Hayley Bell: Security Product Marketing Manager, Telefónica UK

As the world demands greater work style and lifestyle flexibility to realise the productivity increases mobility can drive, it becomes ever more important. Working anywhere, anytime and in any way you like has become business as usual.

This increasingly mobile world means that growing data and network traffic is becoming a tempting target for criminals as our mobile devices give numerous access points to valuable personal or corporate information. Cybercrime has never been so prevalent, and a recent survey from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills identified that 90% of large organisations reported suffering an information security breach in 2015. So it’s now more important than ever to make sure you minimize the risk of cyber-attacks on your business. And there are a few simple steps you can follow to get you started:

  • Mitigate Malware

Implement all host and client devices with antivirus solutions that will actively scan for malware. This will give you peace of mind so you can focus on what matters to your customers.

  • Manage Devices and Data Carefully

A large proportion of security attacks are brought about by human errors. It’s becoming harder and harder to identify malicious phishing emails from your everyday innocent sales ploy. With employees increasingly using their phone for personal use there’s an increasing risk of them downloading malicious apps. McAfee’s 2015 lab report found that a staggering that 3 million devices were infected with malware in just six months.

By using a Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution, you can roll out policies to prevent excessive app downloads and have visibility and control of what your people are downloading to their devices.

If a device falls into the wrong hands, you don’t have to worry about your sensitive data being seen by the wrong people either. You can simply lock and wipe the device and its data remotely. These are just a few reasons why implementing a mobile device policy is crucial to protecting your business, there are many others so it’s a good starting point

  • Share your Personalized Policies

Once you’ve developed and rolled out policies that are aligned to your business needs, to directly address the business processes that are vulnerable to malware it’s important you make your workforce aware of them and understand them. That way you can manage what your employees are doing and accessing without having to watch over them.

With the impending EU General Data protection regulation, if you’re found negligent with customer data and not taking steps to protect it, you could face a big fine. Although this will not apply until 25th May 2018, it has some onerous obligations, many of which will take time to prepare for. So how many more reasons do you need to protect your devices and your company data? Start now!

You can learn more here, or speak to your O2 representative to understand how O2 secure mobile can help your business.

Ready to scale up your business? Call an O2 business specialist on 0800 028 0202 or call free from your O2 mobile on 8002.


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