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SMB employees' phones at risk of attack

4/2/2014

It's no secret that mobile phones have become a part of the business environment. Employees of all descriptions in many different industries have begun to use these tools every day, for purposes that would have in years past been confined to the office. Of course, the downside is that cyber​criminals have clearly watched this development with great interest. While users are enjoying the freedom that comes from using a smartphone in a role that would have demanded at least a laptop in years past, thieves and hackers are leveraging the lack of care sometimes paid to security precautions. Staying safe requires a careful balance.

Targets of opportunity
It's standard procedure for cybercriminals to find out which businesses have the biggest, best-prepared mobile infrastructures in place - then attack everybody else. According to a new report by Entrepreneur, this includes employees of small companies. The source explained that large firms have made a commitment to new defensive systems, which has driven hackers away to find easier targets. They may find little resistance among smaller firms due to misplaced confidence.

Entrepreneur quoted a survey by Office Depot which found that many of these companies think they are safe, when actually they are the recipients of attention by attackers. This problem of perception could lead to a wave of attacks and data loss. Especially if businesses assume they are safe and don't detect danger until after they are hacked for the first time, such an epidemic could heavily damage those companies. Even one incident can be devastating, and small firms often operate with little room for error.

Alongside this overconfidence, small firms are stepping up their overall interest in the mobile space. In fact, a recent list of IDC technological predictions for 2014 explained that this will be the year such organizations enable mobility as a core element of their strategies. As these devices debuted well after general enterprise IT became a vital concern, it may be normal to see them as a separate element. That gap, however, could be disappearing in the near future.

Staying strong
In the face of this encroaching risk, users who employ their own devices in an office setting can create an extra layer of protection by working with the ProtectCELL data protection program. This program goes well beyond the standard mobile phone insurance model to keep data safe. More control over a device that could be at risk is always welcome and, increasingly, home devices are serving double duty through bring-your-own-device policies.

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