Teaching Your Organization: the importance of mobile asset tracking and management

February 2, 2017 by Irfan Shakeel

As we already know that organizations today are highly concerned about their data, who is accessing it and from where? A single breach or data leak can be devastating for an organization. Many organizations are not focusing on it or having trouble in monitoring such activities.

The businesses are going online, and workforces are working remotely, making them vulnerable to an organization’s data that they carry and access. Today’s increasingly mobile workforce also raises some key asset management issues. However, have also increased enterprises’ exposure to security risks that are frequently underestimated or misunderstood.

How can Mobile Assets affect an organization’s reputation and business?

Mobile devices play an important role in an organization. However, it is intended to ease the day to day processes, but it somehow raises the security threats. Mobile devices carry organization’s data and other confidential information that may have devastating effects on the organization if leaked, stolen or lost.

Mobile devices face some threats that pose a significant risk to corporate data. Like smartphones, laptops and tablet PCs are susceptible to digital attacks, but they are also highly vulnerable to physical attacks given their portability. There are many security threats that mobile devices pose to corporate assets.

Mobile malware:

Smartphones and tablets are susceptible to worms, viruses, Trojans and spyware similarly to desktops. Mobile malware can steal sensitive data, rack up long distance phone charges and collect user data. Also, attackers can use mobile malware to carry out targeted attacks against mobile device users.


Carrier-based wireless networks have good link-level security but lack end-to-end upper-layer security. Data sent from the client to an enterprise server is often unencrypted, allowing intruders to eavesdrop on users’ sensitive communications.

Unauthorized access:

Users often store login credentials for applications on their mobile devices, making access to corporate resources only a click or tap away. In this manner, unauthorized users can easily access corporate email accounts and applications, social media networks and more.

Theft and loss:

Users store a significant amount of sensitive corporate data–such as business email, customer databases, corporate presentations and business plans–on their mobile devices. It only takes one hurried user to leave his smart phone in a taxicab for a significant data loss incident to occur.

Unlicensed and unmanaged applications:

Unlicensed applications can cost your company in legal costs. However, whether or not applications are licensed, they must be updated regularly to fix vulnerabilities that could be exploited to gain unauthorized access or steal data. Without visibility into end users’ mobile devices, there is no guarantee that they are being updated.

The cyber threat landscape is clear to us that mobile devices pose a great impact on organization’s data and its security. So, what can be done to prevent this threat? The answer is quite simple by keeping track of mobile assets we can overcome this threat.

Keeping track of your machines is not just busywork, but, also an essential enterprise task that facilitates hardware and software management, license compliance, regulatory compliance, and security. Indeed, a successful asset management solution can save companies time, money, and lots of management headaches.

Mobile asset tracking and management are essential for tracking all of your hardware and software assets. It can tell you where they’re located, how they’re configured, and when any changes are made to them. Tracking and management of mobile assets are highly important for an organization to look ahead and prepare for the cyber threat from widely spread loopholes.

The mobile devices, work as an entry point for attackers, securing them is essential and plays a vital role to protect an organization’s network and infrastructure. As end users use these devices, it is necessary to teach users the basic tactics to use their devices more securely. Teaching them how to prevent being victimized by cyber attacks can work as the first line of defense for an organization. Most of the attacks will remediate and prevented by this approach.

Benefits of Mobile Asset Tracking and Management:

One of the core uses of mobile asset management is to measure device activity. To help you gain visibility and insight into the way your devices are used, it also offers a wide variety of usage, including remote device support, consistent tracking, geofencing, and the ability to deploy packages remotely.

It promotes security and allows for device optimization based on data that reveals bottlenecks in your company. By controlling and protecting the data and configuration settings for all mobile devices in the network, asset management can reduce support costs and cyber risks.

It also helps to secure mobile devices from unauthorized users. Device authentication, data encryption, and certificate management can be performed more effectively to help keep the critical data safe.

By tracking mobile assets, we can monitor the device location and identify the rogue use in case of any unexpected activity. Moreover, theft or lost device can also be traced, and we can save our organization’s information from devastating data loss or misuse risks.

There are many software applications available that can perform mobile asset tracking and management, which can help organizations to increase productivity by automating this process. However, such tools should be implemented in an organization to monitor the rogue use of mobile assets that can harm organization’s infrastructure.

To create a secure workforce, every inefficiency must be removed, and the ability to track, secure, monitor, and manage your mobile assets from a centralized location is a simple and effective way to do that.

Posted: February 2, 2017
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Irfan Shakeel
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Irfan Shakeel is the founder & CEO of An engineer, penetration tester and a security researcher. He specializes in Network, VoIP Penetration testing and digital forensics. He is the author of the book title “Hacking from Scratch”. He loves to provide training and consultancy services, and working as an independent security researcher.