webmasterMarch 9, 2017March 9, 2017As the U.S. workforce becomes more virtual, mobile devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones are becoming targets for data hungry criminals. Today’s blog post will focus on the facts associated with mobile technology and specific steps your organization can take to keep company data and personal information protected. FACT: According to Gartner, a laptop is stolen every 53 seconds in the United States. Given this, it is important for employees to keep as much sensitive data off the laptop as possible. This is where cloud or private server rental options make sense. For additional protection, install an app that will disable the laptop if it is reported stolen. FACT: It is possible to crack a Windows password in less than 6 hours, per OneLogin. Because most individuals use a weak password to sign into Windows and that password is often replicated to other apps, once a hacker cracks the initial password, everything else is a breeze. Insist that employees have at least 14 character passwords and they change them every 90 days to avoid this problem. Or use a fingerprint or facial recognition program to sign into the laptop. FACT: Per Citrix, 70% of IT leaders feel they cannot control employees’ devices because it is estimated that BYOD now accounts for 80% of devices in corporations. If employees use their own devices on the job, it is vital you have a mechanism in place to control access to your data. Identity and access management policies need to be crafted and employees must be trained on them before they can Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to work. In addition, you may wish to have a security app installed on each device that can scan for suspicious apps and risky Wi-Fi networks when they are out of the office. FACT: The Mobile Device Management (MDM) market is expected to grow from $1.5 billion to $5.5 billion in 2021. MDM is a type of security software used by an IT department to monitor, manage and secure employees’ mobile devices that are deployed across multiple service providers and across multiple operating systems. MDM allows for taking over a device remotely. If your organization hasn’t considered MDM solutions, now is the time to do so and pilot them with a select group of employees. If you have long-term leases on your equipment, you want to include this equipment as well. FACT: 80% of CIOs plan to increase spending on security per PiperJaffray. Given the MDM statistic listed above, is it any wonder that spending needs to increase? Apps will to track, enable, disable and manage multiple devices across multiple platforms. Next Steps for BYOD If your company has not embraced BYOD, now is the time to determine if a desktop implementation strategy will serve you better. Desktops don’t deliver many of the concerns listed above. However, you still need to consider an employee’s smartphone and manage its use. All that being said, BYOD is the way of the future. More devices are coming and need to be managed effectively and securely. Hartford Technology Rental Can Help with Mobile Management Our equipment comes preconfigured with the right software solutions and 24/7 support. With rates that compete with standard rental and lease agreements, Hartford Technology Rental should be on your short-list for consideration. Contact one of our representatives today to learn more!