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Top 3 Concerns Organizations Have About Security and Mobile Barcoding

Written by Linda Gilbert
January 11, 2022


  • The need for proactive security solutions has never been more important.
  • There are many things to consider when it comes to mobile barcoding and security, including the use of the cloud, vendor relations, and a wide variety of options for security mechanisms.
  • RFgen is the most secure mobile barcoding solution.

Mobile barcode security should be top of mind for all businesses
Security is always top-of-mind when it comes to keeping data safe. Securing data collection with multiple built-in safeguards is a must.

If security isn’t top of mind at your organization, it should be. Research shows that cybercrime could cost the world $10.5 trillion by 2025. With the average cost of a data breach ringing in at $3.86 million for 2020, proper planning for security risk has never been more crucial.

With so much information at our fingertips, how can we ensure a mobile-focused warehouse operation is still running in a secure data environment?

Here are three concerns we hear when it comes to security and mobile barcoding.

1. The Cloud Isn’t Secure

Many organizations are currently moving data for ERP applications to the cloud. Yet despite this significant trend in cloud-based applications, over 90% of organizations have security concerns about adopting cloud technology.

According to the 2022 Digital Inventory Report, 89% of organizations surveyed say data security is important or extremely important in their inventory operations.

Moving data to the cloud is actually far more secure than on-premise systems. Even the most basic cloud-based solutions offer preventative, detective, and administrative security measures.

Using mobile barcoding solutions like RFgen in a cloud-based environment further extends this security reach. RFgen serves as a trusted broker for your network, integrating with existing security measures to optimize your cloud environment. RFgen ensures there’s never a direct connection between your enterprise data and the outside. All information must connect through RFgen first.

2. I Don’t Know How to Protect My Crucial Data

Your systems carry important information that is potentially dangerous when placed in the wrong hands. That’s why choosing a trusted vendor when deploying automation technology like mobile barcode scanners is so important.

Creating a zero-trust environment means understanding how users’ access to critical data is controlled and secured. This is necessary for any company that has more than one person accessing data that could be subject to a cyber attack.

RFgen’s support of zero trust environments begins with multi-factor authentication for all accounts. Further, RFgen can define mobile users and assign control for a variety of items, including:

  • What roles someone has access to
  • What applications they can use
  • Who is allowed to log in where

This tailored approach limits access through additional protocols as well, such as containerized data and protections for data at rest. With RFgen as a trusted security partner, you’ll have a line of defense you wouldn’t have otherwise.

3. I’m Unsure What Security Mechanisms to Put in Place

If this is you, you’re not alone. Over 70 percent of companies are not confident in their company’s cybersecurity plan. After all, it’s overwhelming to think about unforeseen attacks and potential issues.

While you might not be able to see into the future, there are proactive strategies to prepare your company for the inevitable.

As you add mobile technology to your warehouse, ensure:

  • All software and applications serve as a proxy. This means the software or app displays and connects to only what your employees need for their job, and nothing else.
  • Your entire software suite (including cloud-based components) has safeguards in place, such as single sign-on and traffic encryption.
  • You can whitelist devices you connect to with unique identities.
  • Your data can be secured through encryption when connecting a device to the network.

RFgen does all this and more, making it the most secure mobile barcoding solution on the market. In fact, we recently helped a global leader in the manufacturing of cement and concrete for the construction industry upgrade. Key to this arrangement was a robust cloud-based security environment that protects against cyberattacks and other threats.

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Now is the Time to Prepare

Technology is constantly changing. As you look for ways to automate your operations, make sure security is at the forefront. Increased efficiency should go hand-in-hand with a robust security plan to prevent cyberattacks and threats.

Your chosen vendor should never impair your current security environment or conflict with your cybersecurity plan. Always discuss security measures and proactive strategies with any vendor. The biggest red flag? If they don’t have a security plan of their own in place, look elsewhere.