Protect company data on driver's smartphones and tablets

Many firms in the trucking industry are beginning to give their drivers mobile devices that can download applications. These apps grant the employees access to the firm's transportation management software when they are on their routes.

However, when investing in the latest technologies and equipping workers with the most up-to-date devices, some companies fail to protect their corporate information by wiping or destroying the information contained on their employees' old personal devices. Recent research from cloud-based solutions provider Fiberlink found only 16 percent of people who use personal devices for work have had their data professionally wiped from their old devices. Just 5 percent said they had it destroyed by a specialist.   

"Protecting corporate data on personal devices is a key priority for all companies," said Jonathan Dale, director of marketing at Fiberlink. "This survey raises new concerns that companies must address in order to safeguard sensitive information as devices approach the end of their lifecycle."

Deactivate devices with security in mind
As a result of the survey, Fiberlink provided a few easy ways trucking firms and other companies can make sure their devices are decommissioned properly. The four-step process includes notifying the IT department when an employee changes devices, transferring important data to the new devices, erasing the smartphone or tablet of personal information and making sure all important data is removed from the old gadget.

"With new devices hitting the market from every major manufacturer this holiday season, including Apple, Microsoft and Google, it will be important to know the right way to decommission a device," said Dale.

Mobile devices can be compromised easily
Failing to decommission a device properly is just one security concern that trucking firms could worry about. A recent blog post from IT security solutions provider Quick Heal Technologies revealed the mobile apps could open up a firm to computer hackers and cyberthieves. According to the firm's statistics, more than 25 billion apps were downloaded in the past year, and companies must make sure their security infrastructure includes a strategy for protecting mobile devices.   

"Smartphones and other mobile devices have been a boon for users, vendors and developers but their rapid proliferation has also opened up a gold mine for malware authors," said Sanjay Katkar, technical director and CTO at Quick Heal. "This combined with the concerns of lost and stolen devices emphasize the fact that it is about time that mobile security is taken seriously."