TikTok Banned on Government Devices amid Security Concerns

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Today the UK Government has announced that, on security grounds, the Chinese-owned social media app TikTok will be banned on devices utilised by civil servants and government ministers, taking immediate action. Cabinet Office Minister, Oliver Dowden, released a statement earlier today stating the possible risks to government data and information from the app confirming that the ban is good cyber “hygiene”. Before this newly implemented ban, a variety of government departments had active TikTok accounts, with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) recently posting a video on its account of a Challenger 2 tank, which is being supplied to Ukraine.  

TikTok has denied any allegations that it gives users’ data to the Chinese government, however, with other countries, including the US, Canada, Belgium, and India, already introducing bans to the app on official devices, it raises concerns on the security and possible vulnerabilities the app could give its users. China has also released information accusing the US of spreading misinformation and limiting TikTok, with reports suggesting that the White House wants the Chinese owners to sell their shares in the firm. 

This news brings great doubts on apps currently in your business device portfolio, raising concerns of possible threats to business data that could cause serious issues. One2Call’s Mobile Device Management and Security services applies instant controls on your mobile devices to implement the proper safety features your business needs. Including the ability to; 

  • Remotely locate, lock or wipe stolen devices. 
  • Enforce passcodes and encryption. 
  • Configure passcode quality, length and duration. 
  • Geofencing – enforce security rules based on location. 
  • Configure WiFi, VPN, email, calendar and contacts remotely. 
  • Detect and restrict jailbroken or rooted devices. 
  • Configured settings updated in real time. 
  • Limit or Manage App Availability 
  • Approve or quarantine new mobile devices on the network. 
  • Bulk enrolments for new handsets or policies. 
  • Integration with Microsoft Services 
  • Reset forgotten passwords. 
  • Provides Easy deployment via SMS, email or URL. 
  • And much more.  

To find out more on how One2Call can help protect your business to manage its mobile devices and security, and protect you from possible Cyber Threats, click on the link below. 

 

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