FierceMobileIT webinar explores how to secure your mobile workforce

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More and more firms are turning to BYOD and mobility to improve productivity and employee satisfaction.

But mobility can also open up the firm to security threats, such as lost or stolen devices with corporate data on-board or malware infection from an insecure app.

Data loss is a huge risk. Employees use their mobile devices to process corporate data, and this could lead to data loss if the right security precautions are not taken.

As reported by FierceMobileIT, a Gartner survey of 995 U.S. workers, only 27 percent of respondents who experienced a security incident involving their personally owned mobile device reported it to their employer.

"One of the biggest challenges for IT leaders is making sure that their users fully understand the implications of faulty mobile security practices and to get users and management to adhere to essential steps which secure their mobile devices. For many organizations, overcoming BYOD security challenges is a full-time task, with a host of operational issues," says Meike Escherich, principal research analyst at Gartner.

To secure the mobile workforce, enterprises need to adopt a combination of technologies and policies, while still enabling employees to be productive. When it comes to mobility, employees want ease of use and convenience, while the enterprise wants control and security. Those are two opposing forces that need to meet in the middle.

To help enterprises cope with the security challenge posed by BYOD and mobility, FierceMobileIT is bringing together a panel of experts for a July 24 webinar at 1 pm ET covering the topic.

The panel includes Jack Walsh, mobility program manager at ICSA Labs, Leo Lanzillo, chief financial officer at The Northridge Group, and Cheryl Tang with Symantec.

In addition to mobile threats, the speakers will address best practices and strategies enterprises can use to secure the mobile workforce.

You can register for the free webinar here. Please join us. - Fred