Mobile Device Security: Just How Safe is Your Company`s Data?

Mobile Device Security: Just How Safe is Your Company Data?

A recent IDC study of IT and LOB decision makers across Europe revealed that 52% of participants consider security to be the number one inhibitor to widespread tablet deployment. The concern isn’t limited only to tablets either. The concept of releasing potentially sensitive information and business processes into the mobile environment is considered a significant risk to the enterprise. While these concerns mainly arise due to the lower-level security of consumer-grade mobile devices, they are nevertheless a major concern: mobile devices, whether tablets or ultra-lightweight notebooks and 2 in 1s, can easily be stolen or lost.

Mobile devices are easily portable and lightweight, making them easy to steal or even leave in airports, cafés or taxis. How many times have we read about secret documents leaked after notebooks have been forgotten in taxis? As with more traditional devices, physical access to a mobile device can be an existential blow to an organization. Access to notebooks and tablets is often only protected by a login user name and password, making them easy pickings for seasoned attackers. Even encrypted data can be accessed at leisure once the device is physically in the hands of the would-be data thief and the level of protection is insufficient. Devices also contain stored passwords that could give an attacker access to a corporate VPN or network, with the potential to wreak extensive damage.

Malware propagated through spam, links on social media and malicious applications is a greater threat outside the safety of the corporate network where employees often use free, mostly unprotected, Wi-Fi networks. Wi-Fi hacking and man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks are becoming an all-too-common threat. MITM attacks allow a hacker to eavesdrop on data transmission, or to hijack online sessions, including webmail. Employees logging on to enterprise systems unprotected may be giving hackers access to an entire corporations confidential data.

Many organizations are adopting bring your own device (BYOD) strategies to increase worker productivity and aimed at attracting and retaining Millennials and Generation X talent. This raises yet further security concerns. Both millennial and Generation X workers take a lax approach to security, preferring convenience and ease of use to frequently changing passwords or adopting secure procedures. Their devices are used constantly for a mix of business and personal communications, often via unsecured chat or messaging channels, and social media is “always-on”. A carefully considered and robust BYOD policy, backed up by the right tools and legal, privacy, and security requirements, is a necessity in protecting a corporations data and also ensuring that they do not face privacy or compliance issues through loss of that data.

Mobile Device Security: Just How Safe is Your Company Data?

So how can management be sure that data stored on these devices is safe and protected from unauthorized access?

FUJITSU Workplace Protect is an enterprise-grade security solution in the form of a security suite. It provides user Authentication for Windows using PalmSecure® technology, Smartcard, Fingerprint, RFID card, or even face recognition to prevent any unauthorised access to your device. PalmSecure® offers a fast, simple and reliable personal identification of the device owner by detection of unique palm vein patterns – more reliable than fingerprint detection. It is safer than any other biometric identification method and is contactless, making it more hygienic.

Workplace Protect also offers configuration of Windows authentication, PalmSecure® and fingerprint pre-boot authentication at bios level, single-sign-on, password safe to store confidential login details and encrypted container – a virtual disk encryption to protect important user data – and is completely integrated with the Windows operating system.

You’ll find PalmSecure® and Workplace Protect on the latest ultra-secure high-end FUJITSU LIFEBOOK U family notebooks or the LIFEBOOK S937 – an ultra-mobile touch-enabled notebook with slim lightweight design and per-charge battery life of up to 21 hours.

Also with integrated PalmSecure® technology and all-day battery life, The LIFEBOOK P727 is the ultimate 2-in-1 convertible with 4 different function modes. For example, you can use the 360° foldable anti-glare touch display like a tablet.

At the tablet level, the FUJITSU STYLISTIC R727 tablet features embedded NFC for contactless SmartCard authentication, encrypted drives, TPM and remote BIOS manageability for enterprise-grade security and manageability.

Whatever your ultra-mobile computing needs, FUJITSU has the perfect secure device for you AND with €100 cashback, now is the time to buy! See details here

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