Companies using tablets and other smart devices face real digital threats from exposure to cyber-attacks, data leaks, and other external risks. In fact, the recently issued “Wandera Mobile Leak Report 2017,” showed how company tablets and other work devices are vulnerable to these outside threats.
Per the report, incidents of data leaks occurred in more than 200 websites and applications, which resulted in leaked sensitive information, constituting of work-related data as well as customer usernames and passwords. It is also important to note that the data leaks occurred not from high-risk apps but from several well-known and safe for work websites, per the report.
These threats exist online and for companies looking for a proactive solution, there are several ways on how to restrict access on company tablets. Below are just a few examples.
Install Content Filtering
Studies have shown that a chunk of the internet activity in the workplace consists of non-work related pursuits such as browsing social media platforms and other sites, which results in lost workplace productivity. A practical solution to this concern is to invest in a customizable system with mobile content filtering controls. This could be the only digital defense that a company needs to protect business-critical data while ensuring employee productivity. An effective content filtering solution has the capability of blocking access to inappropriate and non-work essential content categories. It also provides the flexibility for management to identify which type of content should be restricted or unrestricted to employees.
Blacklist Risky Apps
The Wandera report revealed how external threats could come even from well-known and legitimate online services. This finding underscores the important fact that threats lurk in every corner of the internet. Thus, it is essential to have a software or program capable of identifying and blocking risky sites before it is too late. Having this type of feature installed on company tablets prevent employees from downloading apps no matter how enticing the advertisements look. Moreover, this also prevents the intrusion of malware, spyware, malicious applications and pop-ups that may cause vulnerabilities to the system.
Lock Device to Native Apps
If corporate management wants to restrict employee usage to the company’s native application or to a select number of productivity sites, one solution would be to lock the device. While this may sound like a drastic move to restrict employees from visiting other sites, this solution ensures that device usage is limited to authorized productivity apps. While in locked mode, employees will not be able to purchase and download apps unless authorized to do so nor visit risky sites which could be harboring malware. This feature also reduces unauthorized data use, avoiding unaccounted for data consumption and additional fees.
Several digital trend reports revealed a significant growth in the number of app downloads last year. Per one industry study released by App Annie, a data analytics group, global figures on app downloads reached 90 billion in 2016. Since more downloads also translate to user time, the report also highlighted that users spent 900 billion hours working on different types of apps. While the world moves toward connectivity, protecting company tablets and other devices from these threats by limiting access become a paramount concern.
With a significant number of apps proliferating the internet, it could be difficult to determine which ones could cause problems. Protecting data and other information stored in company-issued tablets becomes an essential part of daily operations.