By Charles Leaver

Secure enterprise mobile applications for endpoint security

In today’s technological business environment, cybercriminals find new ways to compromise data every day.

According to Aberdeen research, besides the benefits of data loss prevention and peace of mind, organizations can tally measurable value when they ensure the security of their mobile infrastructure.

Therefore, it is essential that organizations secure endpoints and the information contained on them. InformationWeek contributor Andrew Borg stated that simply managing the device itself is not enough, and administrators should also focus on securing individual features of the device, especially enterprise mobile applications.

Borg advised companies to implement user authentication before granting access to enterprise apps. Such a system can protect the sensitive information on the application, especially important if a device is stolen or lost. Businesses should employ two factor authentication wherever possible, which requires users to, for example, enter a username and password and also answer a predetermined question for identification.

Additionally, this authentication technology should be connected to a corporate directory service to ensure complete endpoint security. Enterprise applications should also have a high level of encryption to protect sensitive information and prevent data leakage.

Borg also suggested businesses use application management, which can secure access and deployment of enterprise applications. Such technologies also allow the user to create white and blacklists for approved apps, and those which should be denied access.

Furthermore, antivirus and anti-malware systems are also important in endpoint security. These programs can not only protect the mobile operating system, anti-malware can also prevent a device from loading, storing or spreading a malicious item.

According to Borg, mobile app security should be the responsibility of every employee, not just administrators and IT personnel. Education and knowledge is essential, and workers should be notified of best practices and policies in place for endpoint protection.

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