7 Deadly IT Sins – Mobile Security Negligence

For the next several weeks, we will be publishing information based on the 7 Deadly IT Sins that were identified by Sophos. For today’s blog, we are going to be discussing what they named as the first deadly IT sin: Mobile Security Negligence.

7-Deadly--Mobile-NegligenceMobile security has been growing and evolving in the past several years as mobile devices find their way into the work place.


Mobile Security Negligence: The Issues

Without a doubt, managing security on the vast number and types of mobile devices is a huge security challenge facing any organization. In fact, an article by CSO Online stated that security professionals should consider mobile to be the new endpoint.

Android devices and jail-broken iOS devices are the most vulnerable to a threat. SophosLabs reported that in 2014 alone they saw an 1800% increase in Android malware.

Over the past several years, there have been dozens upon dozens of reports, articles, research papers, and blogs that discuss the security weaknesses of mobile devices. Just to name a few, the list generally includes:

  • Lack of passwords
  • Out-of-date software
  • Non-encrypted wireless transmissions
  • Malware
  • App Vulnerabilities
  • Physical Device theft or loss


These are just a few of the dozens of mobile security concerns facing IT departments today. So, with the existence of these security vulnerabilities being so widely understood, how is it that Mobile Security Negligence is one of the 7 Deadly IT Sins that organizations face today?

Easy – controlling this wide range of devices is extremely complicated. For one thing, these devices are almost always employee-owned. That fact alone poses huge challenges as it becomes difficult for organizations to enforce certain behavior to protect company data. Adding to this complexity is the fact that most of these devices are typically viewed and managed separately. This adds risk to the mobile device management process.

Still, mobile security negligence is causing increasing numbers of data loss, security breaches, and regulatory compliance violations. So, how can companies get around these difficulties and challenges to avoid mobile security negligence?


Mobile Security Negligence: How Sophos & Orion Can Help

At Orion, we understand the complexities that are involved with managing mobile devices as a part of your technical infrastructure. Our mobile device management services support all devices within your organization as a part of your managed services agreement with us. Our award-winning Sophos experts will give your users the latest mobile technology while keeping your data safe with Sophos Mobile Control.

300x250Sophos makes controlling the mobile security negligence within your organization a breeze with their Sophos Mobile Control product. Sophos takes the stress out of managing mobile devices by offering a solution that simplifies the way you handle mobile security through:

  • Role-based web console
  • Device compliance monitoring
  • Mobile encryption
  • Remote ability to locate, lock, and wipe devices
  • Network access control
  • Web filtering


These are just a few of the many aspects of this solution that make mobile device negligence a problem that can easily be overcome. In case you are wondering, it is not just us who is impressed with this product. Forrester Research named Sophos a leader in enterprise mobile management.

Our team will work with you to understand your business needs and requirements. At that point, we will implement a Sophos Mobile Control solution that is mapped to your specific needs. Our Sophos managed services team will also monitor the solution for you to make sure that everything continues to operate effectively. This dedication to our clients has helped Orion stand out from the competition. With Orion and Sophos, you can rest assured that your company is ready for the BYOD world.

Interested in learning more about Sophos Mobile Control? Contact our Sophos experts today to learn more!

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By | 2017-03-24T13:47:52-04:00 June 3rd, 2015|Security, Sophos|

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