Mobile policies more important than ever

Many SMBs remain unconvinced about implementing mobile policies in their business, but AVG warns this complacency is misplaced, given that everything has now “gone mobile.”

According to AVG, software applications have been migrating to mobile versions of themselves for some time now, leading employees to use their mobile devices as well as and sometimes instead of, their desktop computers.

Quite simply, this means that an employee’s mobile device is as much a part of the business IT network as the server, routers and central client record database.

“This means that the applications, the files, the connectivity preferences and the privacy settings of employees’ devices have to form a core module in any firm’s IT policy,” AVG Au/NZ Security Evanglist Lloyd Borret said.

A business’ IT policy encompasses base guidelines for connectivity that govern the data input and output points it allows (including mobile devices) – and differs for every business in every industry.

AVG suggests businesses don’t fear implementing these policies, as they naturally lead to better management control of devices, so locking-down measures can be implemented to protect the firm’s network against the risk of infection from malware.

“Implementing a robust, strategically planned and effective mobile device policy is now a business imperative — and AVG is not the first to say it, but we are here to reinforce this message.”

“Mobile working is a business reality and businesses need the controls in place to deal with this. And mobile devices need the same security protection as desktops.”

To help SMBs address the policy, technology and process issues involved, AVG has created the AVG Small Business Security Guide “Securing your start-up or small business” which provides some simple but effective steps small business owners can take to secure their business.

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