Ready or not, the BYOD trend is fast becoming a mainstay: Gartner Research projects that by 2018, 70% of employees will conduct their work on smart devices.
Studies boast higher productivity for businesses that encourage employees to “bring your own device”, but that also means increased security risks for business owners. Despite the danger, an independent study by Spiceworks revealed that about 40% of small and mid-sized businesses allow workers to connect personal devices to the corporate network without any formal policy or security measures in place.
While allowing workers to use personal phones and tablets to do their work does make BYOD security a very real concern, those risks can be minimized if they’re managed. Proactively develop policies and procedure that protect your data, and your employees.
Develop a Process for Dealing with Lost or Stolen Devices
Lost or stolen devices containing sensitive data are among the top security concerns. Implementing the ability to wipe a device remotely, in a legal and defensible way, should be one of the first measures in any BYOD strategy.
Address Privacy Concerns
Employees, understandably, may have some “big brother” concerns about how much of their personal information can be viewed or monitored. One approach is to manage the data, rather than the device, by implementing secure and protected access to corporate data.
Implement Activation Procedures
Another component of BYOD risk management is protecting data when the device is at rest and in transit. Passwords, automatic screen locks, and device encryption are all preventative measures that decrease the risk of a data breach.
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