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Some 2.8 million Americans now work permanently from home offices. An estimated 38 million Americans, or 37 percent of the total U.S. workforce, telecommute at least once a month. Couple this with the significant number of mobile professionals (such as those working in sales and support)—and the ever-increasing legions of knowledge workers accessing sensitive corporate information on mobile devices—and the numbers become staggering.
For the most part, telecommuting and the onset of the virtual or mobile office has been a positive development, both in terms of employee productivity and cost reduction. However, one by-product of the proliferating mobile workforce is the challenge that companies of all sizes face in ensuring that their most-sensitive customer and corporate information is secure.
To that end, here are five steps your company can implement quickly, easily, and for the most part, cost-effectively:
1. Deploy security to check endpoint devices for anti-spyware and anti-malware.
2. Ensure that user devices adhere to defined corporate security policies before, during, and after network connection.
3. Encrypt sensitive data and log file access to ensure that data is not compromised if a mobile device is lost or stolen.
4. Automatically filter and delete SMS spam by setting up predefined, configurable settings on mobile devices.
5. Restrict network access by noncompliant or potentially inflected devices.
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