As BYOD turns popular among organizations across the world, BYOD security is also being discussed and seen as something very important. Organizations go in for elaborate planning and take steps to ensure BYOD security. Today, BYOD security is focussed not just on the devices, but on the mobile apps as well as on the data that either resides on these devices or is accessed through them.
To be noted is the fact that mobile devices and cloud-based apps have brought about a big change in the way businesses operate. At the same time, there are security risks and compliance risks associated with them. These have to be understood and mitigated, especially since these things relate directly to the security of data- both enterprise data as well as personal data. Newer and newer apps are now made available to mobile device users or BYOD users and hence companies would have to depend on a really comprehensive and integrated method to protect all kinds of data. In this scenario, these are the things to be given utmost importance.
Access Management/Identity Management- Access management is really important as regards BYOD security. Monitoring and managing access of devices and corporate data is of utmost importance in BYOD security. Having an authenticated corporate ID for access and proper Identity Management is always advisable. Operating and maintaining multiple user accounts would escalate costs as well.
Securing BYOD devices and apps- All devices have to be secured, with all kinds of security software and by employing proper security strategies. Since apps are used by mobile device users in large numbers these days, it would be advisable to do what all is necessary to ensure that there are no security risks that occur as a result of employees using apps on BYOD devices.
Ensuring compliance of BYOD devices- It’s always good to ensure that all devices that are used adhere to the compliance policies created and maintained by the IT department. Blocking or restricting access if any BYOD device becomes non-compliant too is good.
Multi-factor authentication- Multi-factor authentication helps ensure that only the right people have the right access to corporate applications over BYOD devices. It also helps prevent unauthorized access to apps and reduce security risks to devices, apps etc.
Proper MDM strategies, well-defined BYOD policy- Having proper MDM strategies and well-defined BYOD policies in place always helps.