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McAfee advises on cyber-security

Companies must implement comprehensive mobile device usage policies

McAfee advises on cyber-security
McAfee has revealed that one of the top priorities for companies planning to let staff use personal mobile devices on their network is creating an adequate policy document.

The top five essential points any enterprise or government organisation must implement when creating a safe and secure corporate network, which allows personal mobile devices are creating awareness of mobile threats, creating a company policy, enforcing the policy, creating steps to take against devices being lost and stolen, and a continuous review of all policies and steps as threats become updated, said Meshal A Bin Hussain, Sherif el Nabawi, director of emerging markets for McAfee Professional Services.

"Most important is awareness, people must know what they are dealing with, the company policy must look at passwords, then you need to enforce that policy once the users are connected on the Wi-Fi and then you want to do a risk assessment. An enterprise will be different to a government company and an SMB for the risk assessment in terms of what assets are valued if they are lost," he said.

Most companies update their existing internet and mobile use policies at least once a year, unless there is a very important update that needs to be circulated.

aeCERT sends out regular policy updates and policy documents to all 92 entities that work with the company.

Tariq al Hawi, director, aeCERT said that companies can use the entire policy document, can modify it to better suit their needs, or can just use part of the policy documents.

"Policies should be adaptable and should be able to include any new and different operating systems that are developed. Clauses can be customised to an individual company, government entity or small business," he said.

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