How do you go about picking mobile security solutions? It is not an easy process, but by becoming an educated consumer, you can make the right choices.
Step 1 – Define The Problem – Picking Mobile Security Solutions
What is the problem you are trying to resolve? Determine if it is a real issue? At this point, it is key to concentrate on the problem and not necessarily the symptoms.
Step 2 – Find Solutions
Not every problem has the perfect solution; you may have to look at several mobile security solutions before finding the right solution to address the problem. The solution may be in the form of a security app, safety app, mobile security device or part of a larger software/hardware platform. Remember, whatever solutions you find they need to be compatible across multiple mobile operating systems, cellular providers, and devices.
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Step 3 – Evaluate
After making your list of mobile security solutions, check it twice to determine which solutions may be naughty or nice. Do you need a suite of solutions or will a single solution meet your needs? At this point it’s important to take into consideration the end user, just because you like it, doesn’t mean that your target audience will like it. Put together a focus group to give the solution a try, determine its effectiveness and then decide if it the right solution before a full deployment.
Step 4 – Implementation
Will your mobile security solution be an opt-in, opt-out or mandatory solution for your students and employees? For any mobile security solution to be successful, you must have buy-in from the end user. Otherwise, they will not use it.
Step 5 – Contingencies, Monitoring, and Continued Evaluation
If the mobile security solution you selected is not used on a regular basis users will tend to forget about it until something happens and by then it’s too late. The key is to constantly remind the end user to use the mobile security solution to resolve the originally stated problem. As the owner of the solution, it’s your responsibility to keep it current and evaluate the solution on a regular basis to ensure it still meets your mobile security solutions needs.
If the solution is not meeting your needs find a better solution, it’s okay to admit you made a mistake, learn from your mistakes, just don’t make the same mistakes.
As a security professional, you owe it to yourself, your employees or students to become an educated consumer by learning as much as you can about emerging security trends designed to provide safe and secure environments where we live, work, shop, learn and play.
Bonus Step – Ask For Help When Picking Mobile Security Solutions
With over 200 million smartphone users in the United States and millions of apps to choose from, how do you find the right security apps, safety apps, security device or mobile security solution? You ask for help. PalmCentrix is your go-to source for mobile security solutions that you control from the palm of your hand; we will help you find the right solution that is the answer to your problem.
About The Author
Bernard D. Gollotti, CCP is an ASIS International Board Certified Security Professional with over 30 years of real-world experience across multiple market verticals and disciplines. Ben founded PalmCentrix, LLC to connect end users to mobile security and safety solutions that you can use in the palm of your hand. He is also President/CEO of LARGO Consulting Services, LLC providing physical security consulting services, security industry specific social media consulting services, and business development consulting services in the Greater Philadelphia area.