The world has gone mobile. This means your employees must be able to log in remotely, either while traveling, in-between meetings or while working from home. While they expect the flexibility that comes with mobile electronics, they don’t want to be weighed down with duplicate devices. Usually, your employees are happy to use their personal smartphone, notebook, laptop or home desktop. While this is attractive from a budgeting standpoint, it comes with a few security concerns you must account for.
The Top Three Security Concerns of BYOD
The trend of using personal electronics for work even has its own acronym — BYOD, short for “bring your own device.” Aside from the cost-savings in electronics, and maybe even some of the more generic software, you need to create a BYOD policy to minimize risk factors. Here are the top three security concerns you must build your policy around:
- Lost or stolen devices: If an employee’s smartphone, notebook or laptop is lost or stolen, you could risk losing everything from general client contact information to sensitive client, company or sales data.
- Hacked devices: Any computer can be hacked, but you have the freedom and flexibility to mandate the security programs, updates and protocols for company electronics. When employees bring their own, you have no way of knowing what measures have been taken.
- Unintentionally shared data: While most adults in the family have their own smartphone and laptop, the kids may have to share. A parent may not think twice about letting their kids play games on their smartphone or use their laptop for homework. However, this opens the door for accidentally shared data or unmonitored downloads.
How to Minimize Security Concerns With Personal Electronics
Even if you are happy to provide electronics for your employees, you will find that many prefer to use the brand, make or model they are accustomed to. This might sound inconsequential, but statistics show it can go a long way regarding productivity. Just ask someone who has always used a Mac to use a PC, or vice-versa.
To minimize the security concerns of BYOD, employ the protocols below:
- Train your team. As simple as it sounds, the most effective method of reducing security concerns is to provide recurrent annual training for the most common causes of a security breach.
- Implement BYOD protocols. To protect your best interests, you must establish clear guidelines for lost and stolen devices, required security software, compliant or approved devices, and how to report and manage a security breach. This also includes installing mobile device management software (MDM), which is surveillance software your employee would need to approve. Its role would be to find a lost mobile device, lock the device remotely or even wipe the device if needed.
Finally, you must ensure that access to your industry software and in-house cloud are designed with mobile security in mind. This includes securing and recovering your company data once an employee is no longer employed by the company. These are all IT security concerns we can help you navigate. Reach out today to learn more!
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