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BYOD and the Strategies to be Implemented

October 4, 2017 | By admin 
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Mitigate BYOD Threats

When you plan to implement BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in your organization, you should know what it means and how it will help your organization. BYOD is about allowing your employees to bring their own device to the office for the purpose of doing the official work. When they do so, it means the devices are connected to your network, and it tends to share your business details including your customer data.

BYOD is a great thing as it will enhance productivity and allow your resources to put in extra efforts, because they are not only familiar with the job, but are more comfortable with their own devices. But this has its own risk because each private device that hits your network brings a potential vulnerability. The organization should ensure that you keep an eye and protect such devices since they are the endpoints.

There needs to have a policy in place that clearly details the Do’s and Don’ts of using the network. A permanent and clear security requirement should be chalked out to effectively track the happenings. An effective balance should be struck between the employees and the cybersecurity. Yes, for the benefit of everyone, a BYOD policy should be rolled out.

Planning a BYOD Policy

When you have a BYOD policy means you are taking the security very seriously, especially when there is an external device that is connected to your network. Ensure the goals and objectives of having a BYOD option in your organization. Determine the access level, each user will be subjected to when they are using your network.

Evaluate Your BYOD policy:

  • Who will ensure and pay for the data used?
  • When using an external device which industry or legislative will be followed as part of the regulation.
  • The level and configuration of the devices, and the authenticity of the OS and other software versions before they are used on the company’s network.
  • The security point to ensure the data that comes from BYOD, and where will that be stored. Will it straightaway hit the cloud, or will it be saved locally only to be hoisted onto the cloud later?
  • Will there be an agreement between the employee and the organization on how and when they use the device, and what happens in case of violation of the policy?
  • The access level of the employee and to the extent of his using the device for official purpose.
  • The support an organization will be given in case of any software update, and how will that be applicable for BYOD.
  • The organization’s firewall and other safeguard methods will be applicable to BYOD, and how the organization takes up with the issue in case of any data breach.
  • What happens if the application is outdated, and the access to those resources once the employee decides to leave the organization.

Making BYOD a success is a teamwork

Once the organization has a clear policy in place, then maintaining BYOD and its security is only a matter of implementation. You need to educate the employees on the best practices and implement effective management to support the cause and enforce the regulation. Those employees who are not well-versed with the BYOD policy will only add to your security woes. BYOD means easy work for the organization and not a nightmare.

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