Smartphones: Mixing Business with Pleasure [McAfee]

Protecting devices that have personal and corporate data on them.

People are 15 times more likely to lose a mobile phone than a laptop, making loss the biggest threat to mobile users. But it’s not hardware replacement costs that pose the greatest risk.

After all, as consumerization and BYO trends take hold in the business world, personal smartphones have become an important tool used by organizations to keep employees connected and productive. Smartphones are increasingly brimming not just with vacation pics and Angry Birds scores but with corporate data.

That means these devices don’t just give employees more freedom to work when, where and how they like. They’re also a potential entry point for abuse and unauthorized access to corporate networks and potentially sensitive information.

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Do You Know Where Your Users Mobile Phones Are? [McAfee]

6 Quick Tips to Help Your Users Improve Mobile Security.

Forget dogs. With more than 4 billion mobile phones in use worldwide, not to mention, tens of millions of tablets, mobile devices are man’s new BFF (Sorry Sparky).

But our best friends are under serious threat, with hackers and scammers finding unprecedented ways to target personal and corporate data. Consider the following mobile statistics:

  • 40% of users say losing their mobile devices would be worse than losing their wallets, yet they often leave them unsupervised or unprotected.
  • More than 50% of smartphone users do not use any password protection to prevent unauthorized access to their device.
  • By 2014, mobile internet use is expected to take over desktop internet use, which could make mobile devices even more attractive to scammers and cybercriminals.

Even though we think of mobile devices as phones, they’re really mini-computers that can be more vulnerable to loss, theft, phishing scams, malware and unsecure networks than the ones sitting on our desks – vulnerability criminals are only too happy to exploit. Also, with many people using their mobile phone for both business and personal, what happens to a personal phone – affects your corporate security!

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Optimize your network with due-diligent security controls [McAfee]

Most companies already have some form of protection against cyber-threats and malware, such as anti-virus software. But the threat landscape changes at warp speed, and it’s hard to keep up with the latest threats, and even harder to manage a diverse set of security tools.

One solution you might want to consider in your security toolkit is a Network Intrusion Prevention System, or IPS, which is an out-of-the-box hardware- and software-based system that helps take the guesswork out of security.

Not only does an IPS solution protect against the latest threats — including malware, botnets and denial-of-service attacks — it also streamlines security operations and can even unify network security management across physical and virtual environments.

If the current solution you have in place is causing more management headaches than peace of mind, you might want to consider IPS. Here’s why: An IPS solution inspects network traffic in near real time, identifying attacks using known vulnerabilities, as well as attack patterns with unusual activity. Not only can an IPS solution help prevent attacks on your data, it can also provide proactive protection for unpatched systems and zero-day attacks. [Read more…]