Is your Mobile Work Device Encrypted or not? Most have no idea

Mobile phones and tablets have the potential to store large volumes of potentially sensitive and personal information on your company and your customers, which if lost, could result in substantial detriment.

Data security is a huge obstacle for businesses of any scale, of any nature. Whether you’re working for a start-up or multi-site, international enterprise, the effects of a data breach can be detrimental for your businesses reputation, not to mention the financial implications.

Data security is a major concern for the general public and the ICO work hard to help organisations understand the importance of data security and take appropriate action to secure sensitive data – personal or company.

According to the ICO, from Q4 2015/16 to Q1 2016/17, there was a 20% increase in data security incidents involving loss or theft of unencrypted devices.

If your employees regularly use mobile devices, either given by the company or using their own personal devices, you need to enable encryption in order to keep your data safe.

Why should I encrypt my mobile device?

Sensitive information held on a mobile device can be particularly valuable in the wrong hands. By encrypting your device, you make it harder to steal data and also harder for the thief to scrub clean and resell the device.

Mobile device encryption works by converting data held on your phone into an unreadable form. Just like when you password protect your phone, you’ll have to enter the encryption PIN or password. Upon entering your password successfully, your data is decrypted making it understandable.

Is my phone Encrypted?

All modern smartphones come with a level of password protection and encryption, some more secure than others.

Android vs iOS Encryption

Apple devices are encrypted by default, as soon as a passcode is created. With Android, when you create your passcode, you are asked to turn encryption on as an option.

Both mobile operating systems act as a good base layer of security, however the real value is added with MFG Managed Encryption.

How does MFG Managed Encryption help?

Both Apple iOS and Android have encryption built in, but managing the devices for an entire workforce can be a time consuming challenge, plus with Android, encryption can be turned off by the user. MFG Managed Encryption manages the encryption at scale. MFG can enforce encryption on any device as well as managing any of the following features:

Managed Security Keys

  • Remote lock (in case of theft) and remote unlock the device (in case of forgotten PIN)
  • Reduce the number of wrong PIN entries before the device is wiped
  • Remote wipe the device as soon as we find out a device is lost or stolen
  • Enforce a password expiration date to force users to update their passwords as frequently as you’d like.

Better Security for Apple devices

  • MFG can enforce a complex password policy rather than the standard 4-digit number
  • MFG can enforce that the data backup is encrypted too

Will Encryption affect mobile phone usability?

There are no downsides to encrypting your devices. Performance will not be slowed down and encryption can only be disabled by MFG.

If you’re looking for a mobile device encryption solution, contact MFG Managed Encryption.

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