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What is BYOD security?

October 3, 2018 | By admin 
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What is BYOD?

“Bring our Own Device” is commonly called BYOD. This is an approach to allow employees to use their own personal devices to connect with the corporate network, software, and information. Enterprises are adopting BYOD strategy as it provides the following range of benefits

  • Increased Productivity
  • Less/no operating and IT costs
  • Employees can operate and support work from anywhere and at anytime

With so many benefits for the world to see, there are some risk factors associated with it and might lead to security breaches.

BYOD Security through BYOD Policy

Organization is liable to create strict BYOD policies. Enforcing BYOD policies would help the organization to accomplish many security-oriented objectives.

  • Would it help employees abide by the goals of a BYOD program
  • Would it help employees understand which devices are supported
  • Employees understand the access levels granted with each of their personal devices
  • Prime factors to be considered for BYOD policy includes
  • What are the security measures for BYOD devices
  • Who is liable to pay for devices and data coverage
  • What are the rules and regulations to adhere when an employee device is used
  • Where is the data stored on BYOD devices
  • Would the employees abide by the agreement, if they wish to bring their own device
  • What should the organization do, if the employee violates the BYOD policy
  • Would there be privacy granted to users using their personal devices?
  • Would there be support (troubleshooting, software updates, etc) with the organization for BYOD users?
  • What are the security methods and techniques implements to secure the BYOD devices?

The success of BYOD security depends on how well the organization educates its’ employees on best practices of BYOD, on how to enforce BYOD policies and on how to implement device management. Employees who are ignorant of BYOD security are the biggest source of threat to the organization

A combined effort of the organization’s employees, management and IT security teams towards establishing a robust BYOD program is vital to stay ahead of the BYOD-associated risks.

Tips to Secure Devices and Reduce BYOD Risks

Following are the tips to create a best practice guide on BYOD security for both IT security teams and end users.

Protect access controls with passwords – Implementing the use of a unique password for each device and account is a prime critical step.

Manage and Monitor Wireless Service and Network Connectivity – Data connectivity should be turned off when it is not in use. It is recommended that the user connects the device only to a trusted network

Control application access and permissions – Optimize the access control and permissions to use specific apps. This allows the access of application only when there is a need.

Backup data – Users should back up their data. This helps the user to be prepared for any worst-case scenarios like breaches and hence reduce the risk of data loss.

Update Software and Applications Regularly – It is critical to ensure that the software and application are up to date with the latest bug fixes and new features to avoid hackers exploit through a vulnerable bug of an outdated software.

Run an efficient Mobile Antivirus – There are umpteen options available commercially(Comodo Mobile Antivirus, Avast, AVG, etc). The IT security teams are to assist employees to select the right antivirus software to protect their devices.

Implement the use of Mobile Device Management – The IT/Security teams should assist the users to choose the right Mobile Device Management to enable software configurations and security settings on all devices that connect to company networks. Comodo Mobile Device Management offers a range of features to benefit the organization’s BYOD security.

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