October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and the question becomes—”What’s the cost of cybercrime to your organization?” If your organization has been hit by cybercrime, you already know the answer. The cost is high. Not only is the price monetarily high, but an infringement on company data risks both your brand and your reputation.
Cybersecurity Ventures predicts cybercrime will cost the world in excess of $6 trillion annually by 2021, up from $3 trillion in 2015. “This dramatic rise (in damage costs) only reinforces the sharp increase in the number of organizations unprepared for a cyberattack,” says Robert Herjavec, Founder and CEO of Herjavec Group and the 2020 Cybersecurity Report.
Development of your web presence, mobile apps, and technology solutions is the first wall to protect your company, customer data, and your brand. To prepare a sound security plan, make time to talk with your employees. (And then talk to us as we are a leader in web and mobile app development.)
Mobile Apps: The New Frontier for Cybercrime
As of September 2020, Apple App Store has 1.85 million apps available for purchase or a free download. The developer’s cost to post and sell and the app is only $99 a year. Other mobile app stores have similar fees. The simple business model brings thousands of new apps to market each month.
App stores have a treasure chest of business, management, and sales applications. Many are tempting as they promise the tools to effortlessly run your business…all for $4.99 a year. But who really developed the apps? Are they secure? Most importantly, how many of these applications have your employees innocently loaded to their mobile devices?
Suppose mobile apps are on the frontier of cybercrime. How can business leaders and IT professionals ensure that their company data remains secure? One answer is to ensure that the use of mobile applications is wrapped in company protocol. Another solution is to deploy mobile applications custom-created for your organization.
Three Ways to Protect Mobile Data
Applications developed specifically for your work-flow can also include the following three security measures:
- Provisions are made for Data Security on the mobile device, such as dual-factor authentication.
- Data is secured between the mobile device and the home server through VPN and encryption.
- Insurance that critical and confidential data is not stored on the mobile device
The three measures are only the base-line in a mobile application plan to protect your data. Just as a custom-developed app will fit your business needs, it will also be customized to fit your security needs.
Custom Mobile Apps for Today
As many employees are still WFH (Work From Home) and customers are shopping from home, mobile apps have skyrocketed in 2020. Mobile app users open an app on an average of 50 times a day. (per BuildFire.com) That is an alarming statistic if you are unsure of the security wrapping your current mobile apps.
Are your mobile apps secure? It is time to start the discussion about securing your corporate mobile applications. Web Teks’ developers will ensure that applications help you gain efficiency while growing revenue, but your corporate and customer data will always remain secure.
If you’re not sure about your app’s security, contact us today! We’re here to help!