Theft of laptops, cell phones and other devices are frequently crimes of opportunity. Consider this case from August 2018 when a thief was able to access an employee-only area at Kado no Mise restaurant in Minneapolis. He took a few bags containing a laptop, credit cards, and other items. Almost immediately, the employees had fraud notices coming through on their cell phones.

As WCCO reported, it is possible this was connected to a string of laptop thefts in the Minneapolis area. On the same day as the Kado no Mise theft, a laptop was taken from the women’s clothing store D.NOLO. Similar to other opportunity crimes, the criminals were able to take advantage of the circumstances to steal from local businesses. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to protect your data, even when adevice is stolen.

Mobile device management software, like Sophos Mobile, is something you can implement immediately that will create a more secure environment for devices in or outside of your business. This Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) security solution enables you to control data on devices usedby your employees no matter where they are.

Here are just 3 ways you could use this software to safeguard your business.

1.     Enhanced mobile security

Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies are a cost-effective way to quickly scale your business. Say you want to bring in five outside sales managers instead of setting them up with company-owned devices, you letthem use their own, saving you on hardware costs.

However, unless you have a way of keeping data on these third-party devices safe, your cost-effective strategy could be a security threat. Mobile device management is a secure, fast solution, and onethat benefits companies without BYOD policies too.

Thanks to cell phones, employees can – and do – check in on work whenever they want. Research in 2018 by Clutch found that 86 percent of employees check their work email on personal devices and shared documents were accessed by 67 percent. A mobile device management app gives you an extra layer of security and can be used to set permissions for users that help keep confidential information private.

2.    Keep data safe when devices go missing

Anyone who has been to a trade show or industry conference knows how chaotic and frenzied the atmosphere can be. One minute,you’re giving a demo of your new app, the next minute you realize one of your tablets has gone missing.

Not only does the tablet contain key information about the app, it also has important company documents and other types of data your business wants to protect from outsiders.

With mobile device management you can lock down devices either temporarily or permanently within seconds – limiting your risk exposure. Plus, if you’re concerned that your device has been hacked you can delete data remotely.

3.    More secure employee offboarding

It is never easy letting someone go. Whatever the reason an employee did not work out, you need to take steps to secure your client and company data.

In addition to instantly locking down devices, youcan immediately change permissions or revoke access. Alternatively, you canschedule this in ahead of time. If you know that you will be letting an employee go at 4 p.m. on Thursday, you can schedule it so their access tocompany information is removed at that time as well.

Setting up mobile device management

Using mobile device management, you can secure Windows 10, macOS, iOS, and Android devices. It can be set up remotely and is easy to manage.

It is also part of a broad security strategy that we outlinein our new security playbook. This ebook contains a number of other preventativesteps, like setting hard drive encryption, conducting employee trainings, and monitoringthe dark web that create a more secure environment for your business. You can download it here.

If you have any questions, you can contact us at (952) 258-8200 or online to learn more about security plans and solutions.