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Mobile Security in a George Jetson World

It wasn’t that long ago that a corporate job evoked images of fax machines, sitting at your desk from nine-to-five and executives lugging document-filled briefcases.

Today’s workers don’t have to be chained to a desk. They can conduct business remotely, communicating across multiple time zones while they conduct meetings from mobile phones, accessing spreadsheets and presentations on their handheld devices. While it’s not quite the futuristic world of George Jetson, technology continues to move forward at an amazing pace.

Our work lives extend well beyond traditional hours, tools and locations, bringing a critical element into the world of every IT professional: Ensuring the security of the corporate network and its critical data.

And that task is becoming tougher every day. Corporate networks face increasingly challenging elements in a mobile world: a steady stream of new applications, evolving security methods, converged communications, wireless solutions and cloud-based services are demanding an ever-increasing amount of a network’s finite bandwidth. Couple this with an increasingly mobile workforce leveraging smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, and IT professionals are faced with even greater complexities and security struggles. Identifying the right network solution can be challenging.

A recent survey by SearchSecurity.com revealed that 60% of IT and security professionals, while understanding the cost savings experienced by companies relocating IT assets outside of the firewall, now believe that mobile devices present more risk to their organizations than ever before. A network that is incorrectly configured or ill-prepared to deal with the challenges that mobile devices bring, makes it increasingly vulnerable to hackers, identity thieves, malware attacks and even the simple loss of a device which can allow access to sensitive, proprietary data.

A successful mobile security solution delivers a safe, high-quality user experience – giving peace of mind to the user and the enterprise. Achieving this goal requires a minimum of three factors:

• Research: Understanding your current situation, good and bad, is vital to identifying an optimal solution. As a starting point, these questions must be asked and evaluated:
o Do you have a company policy and does it address the use of company-owned and personal devices with access to sensitive data?
o How are you currently managing the process of allowing, securing and monitoring access?
o What are your vulnerabilities and what do you see as potential weaknesses?
o What tools and solutions do you have in place today that can support your mobile security strategy? Is that enough?

• Security and Infrastructure Attention: Implementation and on-going management of your security plan will require constant attention and adjustments. Threats to your infrastructure and data are continually evolving, requiring you to utilize solutions that are always working to stay a step ahead of the hackers.

• Choosing the Right Partner: Implementing a new or updated mobile security plan involves managing multiple moving pieces without disrupting the flow of business. Identify a company that has an expertise that matches your specific situation/needs and bring them into your planning meetings. Their knowledge and experience are valuable assets.

Identifying the best company and solution to secure your mobile network can be challenging, time-consuming and overwhelming. The IMPEX team partners with industry-leading security solution companies including EMC’s RSA security division and can support your efforts to find the optimal strategy and products to address your mission-critical needs.

Contact IMPEX today to learn more about the broad range of leading security options available to protect your business.