Introducing Rethink: Security

Today marks the launch of National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2015. The intent of this Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program is to raise security awareness by encouraging people to “Stop. Think. Connect.” at a time in which we are all hyper-connected to the internet, especially via mobile devices. Security awareness is increasingly important in the enterprise when breaches are at an all-time high, malware is impacting curated app stores, and mobile threats continue to evolve. 

In honor of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, MobileIron is excited to kickoff a new blog, called Rethink: Security, dedicated to documenting how mobility is changing the security landscape. Readers can expect posts from MobileIron’s security experts about the latest threats and the shifting role of IT and security teams in protecting enterprise data wherever it lives.

This first week of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (Oct. 1 - 2) reminds people of the shared responsibility to make smart decisions to stay “safer online”. While although enterprises employ multiple layers of security to protect their employees, it’s a shared responsibility as users are the first line of defense in protecting their enterprise and personal data. Continuous education is key. 

At MobileIron's Mobile First Conference earlier this year, a customer outlined their mobile security program: 

  • Education, not policing - The EMM is not a means to dictate, but a benefit for work providing increased productivity 
  • Benefit - Make the apps you provide a “tool” to work better 
  • Security & Privacy - We do not want to see what you do but make what you do safer

Through this education they have changed perceptions, and as a result users have embraced mobile security and now make it a corporate responsibility. This same customer outlined a few training resources that has led to their shared responsibility success:

  • In-person training
  • Blog
  • Documentation
  • SharePoint site
  • Broadcasts
  • Lunch and Learn sessions
  • Promotions
  • Grass roots excitement

I’d also add a rewards program for users who report security threats such as malware, suspicious activity, lost devices, and more. It’s a great way to crowdsource your security incident response and enhance it. 

Throughout the month we’ll be providing best practices for securing your mobile deployments, inline with each of the weekly themes which include:

  • Week 1 (Oct. 1-2) - General Cybersecurity Awareness: 5 Years of Stop. Think. Connect. 
  • Week 2 (Oct. 5-9) - Creating a Culture of Cybersecurity at Work
  • Week 3 (Oct. 12-16) - Connected Communities: Staying Protected While Always Connected 
  • Week 4 (Oct. 19-23) - Your Evolving Digital Life
  • Week 5 (Oct. 26-30) - Building the Next Generation of Cyber Professionals 

DHS has provided a toolkit to help you get started, including a Mobile Security Tip Card which you can share with your users. In addition, you can remain plugged in through Twitter by following the DHS hashtag #CyberAware throughout the entire month. Our security team will be publishing additional blogs throughout the month to provide tips and suggestions for fortifying your mobile deployment and embracing a secure and productive mobile culture. 

Michael T. Raggo