73% of business owners believe that while enterprise mobility is a salvation to all the businesses, if enterprise mobility security is not given importance to, then the whole structure can fall apart and that can disconnect mobility from enterprises forever.
Enterprise mobility is growing in terms of its acceptance and implementation in industries. “67% of CIOs and IT professionals believe mobility will impact their businesses as much as or more than the internet did in the 1990s” says the report by Kinvey. If that is the case then it can be assumed that to take benefit of this profit to be, more and more enterprises will accept mobility, in combination with the BYOD strategy. However, as BYOD returns to action as the circle completes, questions on enterprise mobility security are being raised again.
Ways to tackle those Enterprise Mobile App Security Questions
Apps with Strong Authentication Systems
Even though the app is made by the company and for the employees, it is necessary to make sure it is only the employees and not anyone who has the access to the device of the employee; can use the app. This app must have several security protocols such as a passcode or the four digits, that can open the app.
Also, if the app is open but the employee is not using it for more than a set amount of time then as per the rules of inactivity timeout, the app can shut itself down and can open again with the passcode mentioned above. There are many other ways of maintaining security in the usage of the enterprise app and it depends on the person in charge to decide which one to use.
Data; data can be anything from reports to files of documents, which may contain information of great importance. If this information is leaked or it gets hacked, then the company might as well drown of it. Such data can be stored in enterprise apps, that are used by the employees. The prime job of the people who work for the company is to get the job done. Whether they need to share it on their personal emails or on other apps or they need to use personal wifi for the task. Job is a job and it must get done at any cost.
But the cost that a single decision like sharing files on open wifi can prove to be fatal. So it might be a wise choice to try and encrypt the data before it is shared. The encryption technology is meant to do the encryption on its own once the command is given.
All-over Application Security Check
With BYOD, the problem that is increasing is that as basic consumers the employees use third party apps like dropbox, google drive, Evernote and more, on the very device that also holds important data/ information on the enterprise app. This is a risky combination if the company has employees, who have the habit of storing everything in the BaaS apps.
To make sure the transfer of files and data from the enterprise apps to third party apps is controlled, there are certain security protocols one must follow. Using data like User ID, the person’s reliability, day, date, time and the matter at hand, what sort of access and to what extent should be given to whom, must be decided. This way the outgoing flow of information from enterprise apps to third party apps can be controlled.
Avoid Data Caching
When any data is entered in the app like user id, it creates a backup file with all the information piling up; even the most confidential ones. From this a hacking can be administered and data can be stolen. For the same reason, it is important to control the data cached or avoid caching altogether. You can choose which data is allowed to be cached and which is not. Most of the apps allow data like User Id and personal details to be remembered by the app.
Third Party Collaboration should be Controlled
While it may seem very important for you to make your app affiliated with third party apps; for data storage or for exchanging information, it is best that you keep an eye on such affiliations. Keeping a check on what information gets passed on is very important. But what is more important is to find apps that work like the famous third party apps but also gives you access to comple control so that the risk of information getting hacked or leaked is lesser.
As Venture Pact says, “… recommend your users to share content over Box, a third party collaboration app that can now be managed securely through VMware’s AirWatch.”
BaaS (Backend as a Service) Security
All the data feed in the enterprise mobility app gets stored in the backend. Therefore it is important to choose the backend well. But more than that the backend you choose for the job must be made secure by using SSL and https. These levels of security are basic and yet very essential for the enterprise mobility app.
Yes! maintaining the security of the Enterprise Mobility apps is difficult especially because the end-users of this app are the employees, who are also consumers to third party apps. But if all of these points have been taken care of, then it can become an easy task.
App Configuration for Enterprise (ACE), a new security protocol has everyone talking about the security issues that enterprise mobility is making the companies face. If enterprise mobility is the solution to the issues industries face, then these above mentioned points are the suggestions that will make the enterprise mobility apps work without fear.
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