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BizReport : Mobile Marketing : October 01, 2014

Survey: Mobile security a risk for SMBs

According to a recent survey of IT professionals by Kaspersky Lab a majority of very small businesses (VSBs) are interested in the mobile space. Unfortunately mobile security continues to be a risk for many because of the time and money needed to ensure security.

by Kristina Knight

According to the survey:

• 34% of very small businesses surveyed report they've integrated with mobile devices
• 35% of enterprise businesses report mobile integration
• 31% of VSBs say mobile/portable computer security is a priority for the next year

To help VSBs better security mobile integrations, Kaspersky is offering these three tips.

First, education employees.

"The first lines of protecting your business data are employees with security mindsets. Make sure new employees know that if their smartphones or tablets contain workplace information, that device shouldn't be subjected to unnecessarily risky usage habits (e.g., browsing questionable websites), and if the device is lost or stolen, it should be reported immediately to the employer, not days later," writes the company.

Second, use basic anti-theft software that can wipe the drives of mobile devices in case of theft.

Third, buy only what you need.

"A newly-created startup business with five employees can't spend hours purchasing, deploying, and managing a business-grade security product that wasn't built for their purposes. Avoid purchasing a larger product than the business needs, and stick to core mobile security features," writes Kaspersky.

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Tags: Kaspersky Labs, mobile marketing, mobile security, mobile trends, SMB tips, SMB trends

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