The Commuter featuring Taken star, Liam Neeson, has recently been released in UK cinema screens.
So you may be thinking, why is a cyber security training business writing a blog about Liam Neeson’s latest film release?
For those of you that may be unaware, the film is set around the daily commute of insurance salesman’s Michael (Liam Neeson), whose journey becomes anything but routine when he is given the ultimatum of revealing the identity of one of the passengers on board the train. With a reward of $75,000 up for grabs, and the clock ticking, Michael quickly finds himself working on mission impossible, whilst on the move.
Although we don’t expect your mobile working will be as adventurous and troublesome as that of Michael’s, it is important to make sure that you and your employees are aware of the threats and vulnerabilities that mobile working can initiate.
Day by day, mobile working is not only becoming more accessible, but ever more convenient. Providing benefits such as increasing employee productivity, allotting constant availability and improving staff morale, mobile working seems all well and good, but things can soon take a turn for worse for those unequipped with the necessary knowledge.
Mobile technology on the rise
In a recent study, 29% of organisations have already experienced a data breach as a result of mobile working, with 44% of the poll indicating that they feel mobile users present a threat to a data breach.
However, with 53% of employees believing they would be more productive if they could work outside of the office, it is of no surprise that mobile working has become ever more accepted and implemented within the workplace.
Here are a few statistics presenting the growth of mobile working:
- 61% of workers report to working outside of the office at least part of the time.
- Employees carrying out work activities currently use 3+ mobile devices as part of their role.
- 77% of employees have received no instruction in the risks of using their own devices at work.
- 64% of decision-makers read their emails via mobile devices.
- The global mobile workforce is set to increase from 1.45 billion in 2016, accounting for 38.8% of the global workforce, to 1.87 billion in 2022, accounting for 42.5% of the global workforce.
- In a recent survey, 73% of companies say that they are planning to mobilise the entire organisation.
Mobile technology has shifted the landscape by which we now go about our daily working roles, with more and more businesses now open to employees working remotely. With this in mind, mobile working is only set to prevail, anticipating that desktop working could become something of the past.
Mobile working in a secure manner
Unfortunately, if your daily commute is the same to that of Liam Neeson’s in The Commuter, then you may have a bigger problem on your hands than what we can help with. But for all you mobile workers out there, whether it be on the train, bus, plane or simply sat in your local cafe, here are some tips and tricks to ensure you are working safely whilst out of the office.
- Don’t leave your devices unattended – This can result in a loss of data, breach of security or even the item being stolen.
- Ensure devices have up-to-date security – Make sure that all of your devices have the latest antivirus, web filtering, firewalls, device encryption and other preventative software installed.
- Limit use of public wifi – Public wifi networks are much more vulnerable to cyber attacks, so where possible try and use trusted private wifi networks.
- Set difficult passwords – A good password should be long and include capital letters, lower case letters, symbols and numbers, and have no association to any personal information.
- Don’t plug Data sticks into unknown laptops/computers – This could result in you picking up viruses/trojans.
- Never install personal software on your work computer – Even if you think that your personal software is safe, it might not be. Installing personal software can create serious security threats to your organisation.
- Do not change configuration settings – If you are provided with a work device such as a laptop or mobile, make sure you don’t change or delete it’s configuration settings.
- Take Responsibility – Remember, any equipment given to you is your responsibility and no one else’s, so be careful!
Here at Bob’s Business, we are committed to not only keeping users safe in the workplace but also when they are on the move. Get in touch to request a free demo of our mobile working module to help ensure that your staff are safe whilst working on the go.