Choosing a mobile phones can be quite a personal decision – even when it comes to it being for business use.  In fact many smartphones being used for business purposes are in fact owned by staff and not the company. Most staff do not wish to carry a personal and business phone and businesses are happy not to pay for out for a phone tariff.

However there are security challenges to using any mobile phone for business data. And yes, email is most definitely business data! In fact a smartphone is essentially just another computer and should treated as such when it comes to cyber security.

The UK Government’s Cyber Essentials scheme contains quite specific controls around smartphones and if your firm does not meet them, you won’t be able to pass.

The most important requirement is that the phone is up to date and supported by the software manufacturer.  So it’s important you check before buying a new phone how long this support lasts for.  Here is the Pro Drive guide on how to check:


Apple iPhones

  • Go to this website and from the drop down box next to ‘select version’, choose the latest version of the operating system (16 at time of writing)
  • Note that every year one generation of phones will drop off this list so we recommend choosing the latest phone that your budget will allow.

If you would like to know more about how to prevent your company or employees smartphones from failing your cyber essentials certification, contact our team using the form below now.