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Corporations know that they should secure their users’ mobile endpoint devices. But how? Rigid corporate announcements don’t work – users are already bringing in their personal devices, or they have personal data stored on company devices. Ignoring the problem doesn’t work – data breaches coming from unsecured and unencrypted laptops are epic in proportion. Restricting mobile devices to within a narrow perimeter of secure data centers doesn’t work – first, your mobile users are on the go; and second, thieves can and do steal laptops out of offices.

The reality is that mobile devices, especially laptops, are consistently under threat from disgruntled employees, determined thieves and opportunists. Even when people lose their laptops, you cannot be sure that whoever picks it up doesn’t have bad motives in mind. Data protection has a critical role of course, you need to get lost data back – but the first line of defense is to secure devices against loss, and to make certain that even if a would-be thief makes away with a laptop, they will not collect any data from it.

There are five critical security features that you need to confidently secure mobile devices and protect against would-be thieves and hackers. (And forgetful employees.) You need a mobile security suite that lets you 1) encrypt files and folders to a data breach, 2) control user access, 3) remotely wipe drives when you have to, 4) geo-locate missing or stolen laptops, and 5) automate these actions using policies.