Mobile hotspots could lead to a serious security breach
May 28, 2013
Construction software hosted in the cloud supports managers that are deploying a mobile workforce and a "bring your own device" (BYOD) policy. These solutions are especially beneficial for construction executives that are constantly on the go - traveling from one job site to another. However, before connecting to any mobile hotspots, it is imperative to make sure employee devices are safe.
According to new research commissioned by Smith Micro Software, three-quarters of enterprise IT managers said security is their main concern when it comes to their employees connecting] to a mobile hotspot, while more than seven in 10 respondents believe the employees at their firms use these smartphone hotspots.
"Enterprises have tried to solve the mobile management dilemma by placing their attention on mobile devices and BYOD, but mobile management actually goes far beyond the device," said Mike Anderson, president and co-founder at Aragon Research. "Concern from IT managers around hotspot security is valid."
Androids, iPhones are all other different types of smartphones now have the ability to quickly connect to a public Wi-Fi hotspot, but, while they may be convenient, these Internet connections create massive security threats. An article for PC magazine stated that if construction executives must use these hotspots, they should select the ones that are least likely to leave them victim of a cyberattack.
Choosing connections that are encrypted and require a passcode to log in will lessen security threats greatly. Construction firms also need to create a set of rules when it comes to what hotspot employees have the permission to connect to.
"To minimize risk, enterprises need to expand their attention to address mobile device security at the network layer along with apps and data," said Anderson.