A BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) era is setting the organization trends and this mandates a strict enforcement of policies to prevent security attacks from invading the BYOD devices connected to the organization’s network.
Employees find it more privileged, in using mobile devices to get their tasks done much at their convenience. Users find it more comfortable as they are very much used to the device with updated technology in it and they also find the navigation simple and easy. From the organization’s point of view, the investment on the devices goes nill.
For all the advantages, it poses, BYOD is something of a double-edged sword. It poses an equal amount of risks too – that includes security vulnerabilities, potential responsibility challenges, costs to support the BYOD system. Having said all that, there should be an efficient BYOD policy in practice to stay protected from vulnerable risks entitling to security breaches.
Defining a BYOD policy
To encourage the use of BYOD devices by the employees, it is vital for the organization to define a strict BYOD policy that explains the freedom of users’ control of the devices that the business requires users to support employee-owned devices. Users though using their own devices for work-related tasks, they are accountable to treat their own devices as if they were company-owned assets. There could be another possible way that the users would not be given a control over their own devices themselves while there could be concentration on access controls to mitigate possible risks on the BYOD devices. BYOD policy should direct the use of IT resources on personal mobile devices, limited security controls on the user’s device. The compulsory implementation of SSL certificates for authentication and the rights of business to alter the device.
BYOD policies also demand a virtual private network to be deployed while the users access systems connected to the corporate network. It also ensures that the passwords related to business apps are not saved.
Security policy also demands the encryption of stored data, password protection and registration of devices with MDM (Mobile Device Management). Employees are to be educated on the company’s BYOD policy.
The policies and the employees’ acceptance to abide by the policies are not just enough. It is more vital, for the employees to enforce or put into practice and applied consistently.
Enforcing a BYOD policy
The existing applications of the company should be compatible to implement the BYOD policy. However, before the users use the apps, they should just have these questions in mind: If the application is sufficient to meet all demands of enforcement? And how challenging it would be to manage mobile devices with these apps?
Mobile Device Management applications can support a range of BYOD policy enforcement operations that accommodates – app inventory control, lifecycle management, data protection, device configuration and certificate distribution.
The MDM applications deliver regular configuration of devices, generate accounts on self-service management platforms and install applications. BYOD policy should be characterized by a clear definition and proper enforcement. The BYOD policy should be able to manipulate security controls and incur the business rights to carry out alterations with the device. MDM would take an upper hand in extending control over BYOD devices and also creates management reports on the BYOD usage.