When it comes to cyber threats, enterprises have giant bull’s-eyes painted on their backs.

The attack surface of enterprises has steadily grown during the last decade – and one of attackers’ chief entry points is employees’ mobile devices.

Too often, businesses are unable to adequately defend their mobile devices against cybersecurity threats, such as phishing emails and ransomware. According to the Ponemon Institute there are three key reasons for many enterprises’ poor cybersecurity posture1:

  • Lack of visibility into the security of their assets. Only 45 percent of enterprises are investing in cybersecurity solutions to increase visibility into apps, data, and devices and how they are connected.
  • Responding to cyber threats in a purely reactive manner. Instead of focusing on preventing threats, more than half of enterprises merely react once confronted with an immediate threat.
  • Heavy focus on incident response plans. Sixty-three percent of enterprises concentrate on rapid responses to cybersecurity threats because it’s too difficult for them to prevent security incidents. In other words, they rush to put out fires rather than prevent them.

A superior, and proven, cybersecurity strategy for protecting an enterprise’s assets is a multi-layered approach that blends mobile device management (MDM) and endpoint security – particularly threat detection. This layered approach, which also involves people and processes, is an effective defense against intrusions from hackers, corporate spies, and hostile nation-states.

Be proactive

Here are three ways enterprises can use a multi-layered approach to harden their defenses against cybersecurity threats, especially ones aimed at mobile devices:

  1. Invest in cybersecurity solutions that align with an enterprise’s IT strategy and reduce complexity.

An organization’s decision to purchase cybersecurity technologies is frequently motivated by widely reported data breaches. Unfortunately, many enterprises have opted to reduce their investments in security technologies due to their purchase of cyber insurance, leaving them vulnerable to ransomware, DDoS assaults, and advanced persistent threats.

Enterprises can better secure their mobile devices with an MDM solution that enables IT to secure and manage employees’ laptops, tablets, and smartphones through one administration console.

Sprint offers a number of MDM solutions that provides a single, simplified administration pane to manage both employee- and company-owned mobile devices. It streamlines the device setup and configuration process and provides automatic cloud-based updates. It also gives IT the ability to remotely lock and wipe lost or stolen devices.

  1. Prioritize cybersecurity solutions that increase visibility and create a strong security posture.

A lack of visibility hampers an enterprise’s ability to manage and secure its assets, leaving everything from company- and employee-owned smartphones to its public and private clouds vulnerable.

Enterprises can manage and secure these multiple endpoints – from smartphones to printers and an ecosystem of IoT devices – with a unified endpoint management (UEM) solution. Sprint’s UEM solution enables IT to control devices and apps – including devices running on different operating systems – and user access and policies through a single console.

  1. Use integrated, automated cybersecurity solutions that enable a proactive defense against cyber threats

Enterprises often end up with a reactive approach to cybersecurity threats because of the difficulty in preventing security incidents from occurring. This reactive posture hampers companies’ ability to shift from defense to offense and utilize innovative, AI-powered security solutions that actively identify and neutralize cyber threats.

Sprint provides enterprises with a comprehensive mobile threat detection solution that provides 24/7 protection for mobile devices. Sprint Secure Mobile AI is an on-device mobile threat detection app that uses machine learning to identify and respond to known and unknown threats. Sprint Secure Mobile AI’s detection engine is located in an app on the mobile device, so it can continuously search for threats in near-real time. And it works in conjunction with MDM and UEM solutions by delivering quick incident response recommendations so that the MDM solution can act to remediate the threat. This protects the device, its data, and the app it runs.

Take the next step

Are you unsure about where to start improving your mobile device security? Check out this guide to understand which device management options are right for your organization’s unique needs.

1 Ponemon Institute Research Report, “Separating the Truths from the Myths in Cybersecurity,” June 2018