Why organizations need to invest in mobile security apps?
In a time when companies are scared stiff concerning the growing threat of cloud security resulting in the loss of confidential customer data and copyright leakages, there equally is a concern for mobile security. The BYOD (‘Bring Your Own Device’) policy is widely being adopted by firms, one in which employees will be given the autonomy to carry office work, such as read and reply to e-mails and access organization’s network through their mobile phones and tablet PCs. Survey from Tech Pro Research last January highlighted how more than 70 percent of organizations are either planning to adopt the BYOD policy in the near future or have already implemented it within their premises.
However, with concerns over poor mobile security protocols, employees who access sensitive corporate information can experience information leakage that could jeopardize the credibility of the organization, resulting in loss of reputation and business. Cyber criminals have long eyed the mobile platform for hacking opportunities, owing to the lack of secure protocols. While viruses, such as Ransomware, have been dealt with by federal officials, it is quickly disseminating to other less noticed areas, such as the cloud.
Considering how companies are joining the race to move their business to the cloud, the risks of accessing corporate cloud accounts from mobile devices present serious threats to the integrity of the business. More importantly, mobile online payments could also suffer if sufficient security is not found on mobile devices. This is why it is crucial that organizations invest in mobile security applications that can provide sufficient security for employees. The cyber crime industry is estimated to account for nearly $575 billion, and any attempt of neglecting the seriousness of cyber criminal activities can land organizations in serious difficulties.
Top Security Apps for Mobile Phones
360 Security (Android)
Developed by Qihu, the 360 Security app provides a robust mobile security system for Android devices. It topped the list in AV-Test’s September report in 2013 with an impeccable 99.9 percent detection rate, the highest any security app has been tested. Another test was conducted in March 2014 and the security app achieved a 100 percent detection rate, easily earning the title of best security app for Android phones.
What makes the app extremely beneficial is that it is remarkably lightweight, easy to use, and best of all, it is free.
VirusBarrier (iPhone and iPad)
Considering the ease at which malware and other kinds of viruses can infect your employees’ mobile devices, the VirusBarrier security app is a must for iPhone users. Its effective scanning and virus removal features can track signs of malware and instantly make the phone free from any risks of data loss. It is also beneficial for monitoring e-mails and attached documents.
DirectPass (Windows Phone)
Company Trend Micro’s Direct Pass security app is one of the best apps your employees will need for Windows phones. DirectPass is basically a password manager; however, it has tons of other features and tools you can use to secure your Windows phone. It features a secure web browser that is useful for making mobile payments and avoiding phishing.