From now on we will be able to offer comprehensive Mobile Threat Defense and Content Filtering services to Apple and Samsung Android devices that don’t include a SIM card.
Understanding that mobile threats are a concern across businesses’ entire mobile fleets and that protection against them must extend beyond devices using a SIM card is getting even more important.
Wi-Fi only devices are a popular choice among countless companies and understandably so. The cost of mobile data has become astoundingly high. These organizations are therefore beginning to leverage devices that connect to corporate Wi-Fi instead of data – typically iPads or Samsung tablets.
This has become a clever workaround for some employees, as these devices tend to lack the content filtering and security present on most other corporate devices. Because of this, they have free reign over access to all websites and apps, some of which may cause the business harm and cost them money.
Just because a device isn’t connected to a cellular network, doesn’t mean the risk of mobile threats disappears. In fact, Wi-Fi only devices are especially vulnerable to security breaches due to the lack of visibility the corporation has over them.
This lack of control on the part of the business when it comes to these types of devices means risky content and applications that are accessed by employees go unnoticed.
This is especially dangerous in the corporate world where Wi-Fi only devices are undoubtedly holding sensitive data, whether it be financial statements or proprietary product information.
Clearly, Wi-Fi only devices can also be used by personnel to access apps or websites such as video streaming or gaming. This could mean a massive drain of productivity among employees that the business has no visibility into or control over.
In addition, Wi-Fi tablets for example can be used to access inappropriate or even illegal content. We know from past customer incidents that corporations can be held accountable for the content employees access on corporate devices. A rogue employee using a corporate device to view unauthorized extreme content for example, could result in a lawsuit costing the business millions.
This becomes especially worrisome when Wi-Fi only iPads are made available in retail stores offsite where there is less supervision and more opportunity for customers to witness prohibited employee behaviour online.
Mobile Security For Wi-Fi Only Devices
Using Wandera Mobile Security for Wi-Fi only devices means your business is protected across the board. Having the same level of security and policy enforcement across your mobile fleet is an asset that in today’s day and age, you can’t afford to be without.