While market research organizations may not always attract the headlines in a manner similar to financial services and educational organizations, it would not be a misnomer to state that they remain at high risk of cyber attacks. The rationale behind that is very simple – market research organizations deal with huge amounts of data every single day. In fact, their primary mode of operation is analyzing and parsing through vast amounts of data to find correlations, trends, and corollaries.
Such a huge treasure of data makes these organizations attractive targets for cybercriminals and hackers. There is also the threat of compliance with governments increasingly becoming more aware and passing rules and regulations which control the amount of data organizations can store. Market research organizations are directly at risk of non-compliance of this. The consequences can be quite costly – in 2016, a New York-based medical research institute incurred a $3.9 million penalty due to a security breach involving an unencrypted laptop.
The need for mobile security
Hence, market research organizations must ensure that they deploy strong cybersecurity solutions, especially on the mobile front as well. The proliferation of mobile phones in today’s day and age is a reality that has to be addressed by organizations in every industry. And they offer a huge number of vectors to breach an enterprise’s defenses.
Keeping the above in mind, Seqrite’s mSuite solution offers an option research organizations can explore. It is a comprehensive and powerful tool to manage all mobile devices running on Android and iOS operating systems. The solution allows network managers to get total control over all applications installed on official devices, monitor internet usage patterns, track device location and apply company policies as per the location and time, and provide support through remote device control as well as file transfer. Organizations can remain in total control of what’s happening with their data even beyond their own network.
In terms of the specific requirements which research organizations require, mSuite is well equipped with the following features:
Virtual Fencing – Enforce digital boundaries and apply restrictions on devices with Wi-Fi, Geo and Time Fence. Multiple fence groups can be created and policy restrictions can be applied.
Network Data Monitoring – Data usage can be monitored over mobile and Wi-Fi networks. Details of data, consumer, calls, SMS, and MMS sent and received can be easily accessed.
Device Security Policies – Enhanced security is offered with multiple default policies which can be customized for compliance. Policies are framed around password, app security, etc.
Customized Reporting – Standard and custom interactive reports are generated providing graphical summaries about infection status and application non-compliance.
Apart from these, research organizations can rest easy knowing their valuable data is secure thanks to a range of comprehensive mobile security and anti-theft features including:
Anti-malware – A best-in-class, built-in antivirus is provided to keep devices safe from viruses, Trojans, ransomware and cybercrime attacks.
Anti-theft – Devices can be remotely located and locked with data wiped on lost or stolen devices. On SIM change, the devices can be completely blocked or locked.
Scan Scheduler – Admins can remote schedule a Quick Scan/Full Scan at any time and monitor the status of enrolled devices for security risks and infections.
Web Security – Seqrite’s powerful browsing, phishing and web protection is in-built within the solution with the ability to blacklist/whitelist URLs or use category/keyword-based blocking.
The above features make Seqrite mSuite a great solution for research organizations when it comes to securing their mobile cybersecurity front.