How many people in your enterprise use their personal mobile devices for work and are oblivious to the risks and data protection issues it brings?
How many benefit from a smartphone, tablet or laptop provided by the company, and that they can use outside work?
How much risk is there in each case of data loss or compromise?
Nowadays, we are increasingly dependent on our mobile devices for professional and personal reasons. A device that is lost or stolen can mean losing all our data, if no other precautions are taken. So how much can enterprises encourage data protection on mobile devices, and how far should they go to enforce it?
Unlike speed limits on roads where drivers must make a conscious effort to comply, the enforcement of data protection on mobiles does not have to involve effort on the part of users.
Cloud Server Back-Ups
Syncing with a cloud server and backups at regular intervals can be done automatically without user intervention. Some enterprises differentiate between company and personal data, only applying backup routines to the former. However, given that users could benefit from protection of the latter too, it might be smarter to offer, although not necessarily enforce, the same facilities of protection for personal data too.
For all the discussion of privacy and prevention of snooping on information, technology has advanced to a stage where encryption keys of backups can be managed by the enterprise for company data and by users for their personal data, if required. Enforcement for the business data part can be done in tandem with encouragement for the personal data part.
Who knows – in the future, we may even arrive at a stage where it is considered irresponsible of enterprises to ignore the issue for either professional or personal data held on the same device.
And where, in the same way that wearing a seat-belt in a car began as an option and later became an obligation, automated enforcement of mobile device data protection becomes the norm to protect enterprises and end-users alike.