Employees carry out a lot of tasks on their mobile phones, which is why it is imperative to ensure the phones remain secure in the workplace and even outside of it. Fortunately, there are ways that you can implement a cellphone security policy so that private information doesn’t get leaked because of mobile phone usage. The following are tips to help you ensure your employees’ cellphones are secure at work:
- Determine which devices are appropriate and which ones aren’t. You don’t want to allow rooted/jailbroken phones because they lack certain security measures that were initially put in place.
- Implement security policies for connecting to the Wi-Fi network. For example, a password might be needed, and that password can only be provided by a network administrator.
- Determine if mobile phone users will be given any technical support when using the phone at work or out of the office.
- Develop an acceptable use policy that each employee must agree to before using the network. Any breach of this policy can affect the employee’s employment or future access to the network via their mobile device. Ensure employees understand who owns work-related apps and data downloaded on the mobile device.
- Allow mobile phones to use two-factor authentication.
- Implement a virtual private network (VPN) policy that allows users to securely access a private network. Data can be shared remotely through networks. Where a firewall protects computer data, a VPN protects a device when it’s online.
- Proper endpoint protections need to be put in place. This measure protects your network when it and client devices are remotely bridged. The goal is to make sure the devices follow certain standards and compliance.
- Educate and encourage your employees on security. It can be easy to slip. It’s harder for employees to make a mistake when they are reminded.