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Secure Employee Devices with BYOD

May 2, 2019 | By Digital Marketing 
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Secure Employee Devices with BYOD

Enterprises have started embracing the concept of BYOD as it allows employees to use their personal devices such as laptops, smartphones and computers to get their work done. The use of BYOD comes with a lot of flexibility as the users know how to navigate within their own devices and they keep their devices up-to-date with the latest technology. However, though BYOD comes with the lot of flexibility it is equally an easy exploit of target for hackers.

BYOD puts your businesses to risk if the devices are lost or stolen or when the employees resign the company, or if the users fail to update the latest security updates on their own devices or if they get connected to unsecured Wi-Fi for work purposes. Enforcing a strong BYOD policy is critical to ensure BYOD security. Following are some ways to secure BYOD devices

  • Use of strong passcodes on all the BYOD devices
  • Install an effective antivirus protection software
  • Implement Data Loss Prevention System
  • Ensure complete disk encryption for cloud storage, removable media and disks
  • Implement the use of MDM to clean all the important data when there is a loss of device
  • Implement a robust application control

How to Do the Impossible and Secure BYOD

BYOD has evolved with the advancement in technology which helps people to work from anywhere and at anytime. Organizations are finding it challenging to adopt the pronounced shift to BYOD in terms of security while they use the mobile technology to implement in their business environment.

Following are some factors that raises concerns

  • A multitude of operating systems and manufacturers in the users’ devices.
  • Employees being ignorant about the security practices
  • No proper IT support to provide protection to large number of devices
  • Overlapping of personal information with business data

While the use of BYOD is on the rise, businesses should adopt a multi-layered security technique to ensure protection of application and operating system of endpoints connected to the business network.

Here are some best security practices to be followed

  • Train employees to avoid clicking suspicious links or attachments
  • Application of security patch fixes as soon as they are made available by the software vendor
  • Installation of a perfect antivirus and a firewall or a complete internet security suite that offers default deny protection.
  • Set access control and limit access to users based on the requirements.
  • Evaluate the security posture again to check if the security measures are implemented company-wide.

How to Make BYOD Rewarding and Effective in Your Office

The implementation of BYOD increases the productivity levels of businesses. It invites employees to use their personal devices like laptops, smartphones or tablets to benefit work. Enforcing BYOD workforce enhances the morale and productivity

A holistic BYOD approach is certainly a game changer to elevate business success. There are different factors that influences BYOD security like data compliance and user control. Organizations should deploy an effective Mobile Device Management system either through in-house IT team or through a third-party vendor. It is also critical to set up an infrastructure which has the capability to support for diverse technologies. The applications should also be equipped, customized, developed and updated to operate with the required set of users’ personal devices.

Delivering support is also another key aspect for BYOD strategy to be successful. There should also a balanced level of control over the personal devices to ensure flexible and scalable BYOD strategy.

It is therefore important for businesses to implement a pro-active BYOD strategy with security, compliance and risk minimization.

MDM Device Management

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