Small businesses are incredibly empowered by the consumerization of IT. The proliferation of devices options in a variety of price points, the portability of these devices, and the huge increase in apps targeting business owners has created amazing opportunities for small businesses. Merchants can use mobile phones or tablets to collect credit card payments, can quickly respond to customer questions, can be more responsive in the field and can co-ordinate better within teams.
As PC Mag notes, the challenge for small businesses is in managing the security on all of these devices. Many small and medium0sized businesses (SMBs) focus on growth without consideration for security, while others may erroneously believe they are “safe” from threats that only “large” companies may face. Surveys have shown that most SMBs lack many ‘basic’ protections such as upgrading software. When these SMBs have a small, or non-existent, IT staff and a limited budget, it’s no wonder these devices post such a great risk.
PC World contributed their own recommendations for how SMBs can develop a more secure mobile strategy, which we’ll summarize in points with our own insights:
Absolute Manage offers a single console to manage and secure all endpoints, as well as manage apps, set security standards, automate patch management, automate employee enrolment and much more. This can have huge cost and time savings, even for SMBs who may think an MDM is “too much” for them. Reach out and we’ll share with you how we’ve helped other SMBs secure and manage their endpoints.