In looking back, this year has been an interesting one for mobility. Given the amount of time the concept of data security has spent in the news cycle (Equifax breach, anyone?), itâ€™s starting to become top of mind for a growing number of organizations. And Iâ€™m not just referring to big business. Recent research has underscored the importance of mobile security in small businesses, and opened discussions about this IT priority for some who had never previously considered themselves a target for cyber criminals. Meanwhile, leading solutions providers like VMware continue to innovate and find new ways to meet such business demands.
At Tech Orchard, we are no strangers to the digital workspace, a space that is constantly evolving. We continue to see businesses challenged with balancing employee needs for productivity and mobile collaboration with a secure environment that features the same ease-of-use expected from a consumer-like experience. Underscored by the expanding bring your own device (BYOD) culture, the current digital workspace points to a clear need for unified endpoint management (UEM).
Of all the day-to-day tasks of IT administrators, the process of imaging and configuring PCs has been one of the most time-intensive and mundane. Historically, companies either dedicated internal resources or paid third-party companies to handle this process, which resulted in long delays for the average user to receive a first-time or replacement laptop or desktop. With the Windows 10 operating system, Microsoft AutoPilot and VMware Workspace ONE, everything has changed. PC users can now experience what we get when we order and receive a new Apple or Android device.
For larger companies, an investment in data security and the ongoing management of policies and procedures around data usage may seem like a no-brainer. For small businesses, it may seem like an unnecessary expense. At Tech Orchard, we often hear small business owners imply that they â€śfly under the radarâ€ť of hackers and cyber criminals because of their company size. Unfortunately, recent data proves otherwise.
With massive attacks like the Equifax data breach constantly filling the news cycle, individuals and companies should be on high alert regarding cyber dangers. Unfortunately, new research shows weâ€™re far from where we need to be in terms of mobile threat prevention efforts. Avast released research last week showing a 40% increase in attacks year over year from Q2 2016 against Android smartphones and tablets. Specifically, researchers cite rooters, downloaders and fake apps as the top three mobile cybersecurity threats to Android devices.
When it comes to secure mobility, users have been shouting Appleâ€™s praises for years because its iOS has long had a reputation for being more secure than Android. This has translated into making some users feel almost invincible â€¦ and therefore to be more lax in terms of their own sensitivity and awareness to potential attacks, as well as their habits for preventing such events. However, recent trends indicate that while iOS may still not be as susceptible to malware as Android, it is actually MORE susceptible to phishing attacks. Read on to learn more and arm yourself with tips to protect yourself, your business and your devices.