SOTI: Mobile Device Security Risks Rampant in Hybrid, Remote Working

Mobile ransomware is one of the fastest-growing categories of malware.

Edward Gately, Senior News Editor

April 13, 2023

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With new hybrid and remote working models, more mobile devices than ever are being used in the workforce, prompting mobile device security risks.

There’s an ever-increasing use of mobile devices in the workplace. That requires companies to review the policies and technologies in place to control the types of applications installed on employee devices. That’s according to Shash Anand, senior vice president of strategy at SOTI, a provider of mobile and IoT device management.


SOTI’s Shash Anand

“With digital transformation at an all-time high, companies that manage personal and corporate data are at higher risk of maintaining compliance and mitigating risks,” he said.

Mobile Device Security Risk Shifts with Employee Fluctuation

“There are a huge range of devices available and different device form factors from smartphones to tablets,” Anand said. “Alongside device provision, there has also been a fluctuation in employees working and then not working. Coined the ‘Great Resignation,’ 2022 has shown a dwindling supply of workers seeking better occupational conditions. This heightens the need to secure and wipe devices, remove devices from the network for extended periods, or even redeploy devices from one staff member to the next. This sensitive handling of corporate data on personal devices, and vice versa, is a necessary part of scaling the workforce.”

By implementing security solutions, the hassle of this process is simplified for the IT team, Anand said.

“Equally, lost and stolen devices cause major issues for data protection, especially where employees are in a customer service capacity or handling customer data on their device,” he said.

Knowing a solution can wipe and clean a device remotely is huge for peace of mind, Anand said. It removes legal risk as well.

Scroll through our slideshow above for more from SOTI on mobile device security.

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Edward Gately

Senior News Editor, Channel Futures

As news editor, Edward Gately covers cybersecurity, new channel programs and program changes, M&A and other IT channel trends. Prior to Informa, he spent 26 years as a newspaper journalist in Texas, Louisiana and Arizona.

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