You can — and should — make major investments into your network to bolster your defenses against attack. However, what makes mobile security so challenging is the fact that with BYOD policies in place, a wide variety of makes and models of devices, using different OS types and versions, will all be connecting to the same network — your network — from a multitude of locations across the world.
This can easily become a recipe for disaster. Employees lose their phones, download infected apps, use weak passwords, visit unsafe websites, click on phishing links in emails, open email attachments, and a whole host of other things that raise the blood pressure of your resident IT security expert. So you need a security policy in place that not only addresses network security, but also device security and employee education.
“A careless worker who forgets [their] unlocked iPhone in a taxi is as dangerous as a disgruntled user who maliciously leaks information to a competitor,” said Ray Potter, CEO of SafeLogic.