BYOD (Bring your own device) is an increasingly popular trend within businesses.
Mobile devices come in all shapes and sizes, from smartphones and tablets to laptops and even smart watches.
But while BYOD is can be advantageous in many scenarios, it can also open your organisation up to serious security concerns.
Security concerns of BYOD
Are your employees keeping their devices up to date with the latest operating system and third party program security updates? While it’s true that devices are getting very good and keeping themselves up to date, it is still important to have a policy in place to monitor updates and ensure there have been no errors that may have prevented updates from being applied.
Business vs Personal
Employees using their device for personal use may encounter websites or files that could cause damage and data loss. They may also allow family members or friends to use the device without their supervision.
When the device is brought back into the office environment and connected to the business network, malicious programs have the opportunity to spread to other computers on the network.
Data backup Policy
When using personal devices an employee may become complacent in where they store their work files. Instead of putting documents on a network share or a cloud storage solution they may opt to place files directly on their computers hard drive. Not only does this mean files may not be backed up, it also presents possible data security issues.
Devices taken outside of the work place are more susceptible to theft. The result of this could be lost working hours while a replacement device is purchased or more seriously the loss of company data which has the potential to incur legal or financial penalties.
End of life
Once a device has reach the end of its life, are you ensuring that any data has been securely removed from the device before it is disposed of? It is not enough to simply format the machine. The only sure way of disposing of data is to physically damage the disk.
While it is possible to mitigate the risks that BYOD brings through the use of hardware solutions, the most cost effect option is to educate your staff members. Providing your employees with the skills and knowledge to operate their devices safely can save you time, money and potentially your businesses reputation.