Over the last two decades, the role of IT departments has undergone dramatic change due to the growing percentage of Americans who rely upon their tablets, smartphones, or similar mobile devices to accomplish their daily work activities. As is so often the case, this progress has been a boon in some ways and a mounting problem in others, especially for IT; on one hand, the Internet of Things [IoT] has made it so employees are more efficient, on the other, it has opened up a new Pandora’s box of potential cybersecurity threats.
Security controls rarely keep pace with the security risks posed by new tech. And in the case of mobile, security threats arise from both bring your own device [BYOD] policies as well as corporately owned and personally enabled [COPE] mobile policies. In response to this looming threat, the National Institute of Security Technology [NIST] released its “Guidance on Mobile Security Report,” which we’ll outline below. Armed with these security recommendations, your business can ensure that your mobile security practices are up to date and robust.