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Security professionals often talk about the importance of enlisting users as allies in the battle for better security. When it comes to mobile security, that alliance must be a working reality rather than a managerial dream — namely because these handheld machines are typically employee-owned, thus placing their use and precise configuration out of the hands of enterprise IT.
Developing this partnership begins with convincing users they’re an important part of business security. Depending on the industry, that could include training on regulations as they apply to mobile devices, education from cyber insurance companies, and presentations from intellectual property attorneys.
Once employees are on board, what specific actions should be encouraged? We went looking for best practices across the Internet, and eight kept showing up. It’s important to note that only two of them require products or services that aren’t included with most mobile devices. Two of the tips involve user behavior. And the other four are all about using features of the mobile device or operating system in the most secure manner possible.
We’d also like to know about your best practices. What actions or technologies not on this list are critical in your organization? Conversely, is there anything on our list you’ve found to be unnecessary? Let us know in the Comments section, below. After all, good communication about security is definitely a best practice.
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Curtis Franklin Jr. is Senior Editor at Dark Reading. In this role he focuses on product and technology coverage for the publication. In addition he works on audio and video programming for Dark Reading and contributes to activities at Interop ITX, Black Hat, INsecurity, and … View Full Bio
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