window._mfq = window._mfq || []; (function() { var mf = document.createElement("script"); mf.type = "text/javascript"; mf.async = true; mf.src = "//cdn.mouseflow.com/projects/0148bb62-7ff8-46ae-a466-bf3fd13c7d09.js"; document.getElementsByTagName("head")[0].appendChild(mf); })();
407-478-6600    Get SUPPORTLunch & Learn

TaylorWorks Blog

Is Your BYOD Strategy About to Backfire?

Is Your BYOD Strategy About to Backfire?

Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, has become a very popular option for businesses seeking to save a bit of their budget on obtaining and maintaining devices for their employees. While this is an economically commendable practice, it has the potential to generate risks for your business if left unchecked. Let’s discuss the pros and cons of BYOD, and how you can make it work for your business.

How Can BYOD Manifest Issues?

Unfortunately, for all its benefits, there is no shortage of drawbacks to BYOD - at least, if it is implemented without conscious deliberation and preparation. Here, we’ve listed a few such drawbacks:

Business and Personal Data Often Mix, but Shouldn’t

Do you really expect an employee to have a personal device that isn’t for personal use? If this device is used for work purposes as well, it can become very easy to combine this data and put some of it at risk. What if an employee who brought their own device in then left the company, the device in question full of your company’s sensitive data? Without some kind of policy in place to eliminate this risk, BYOD is simply too risky to allow.

Your Business Will Be Vulnerable to More Risks

Unfortunately, a poorly-strategized BYOD policy opens your business up to a variety of issues that could have severe and lasting ramifications.

This is mainly due to the many risks that mobile devices inherently have in terms of data leakage, malware infection, and other vulnerabilities. If your employees aren’t vigilant in keeping their devices updated and secured, your network will be subject to the same vulnerabilities. Malware infections can also be introduced via an employee not treating their device as carefully as they should be. If malware is installed on their device, it can easily be spread to your network - free to wreak havoc and steal data.

Your Infrastructure Will Likely Need Reworking

This one is admittedly less of an issue as it is an inconvenience. Simply put, adding an influx of devices and ensuring that your IT remains compliant to any policies can be a huge investment of time - and if not done correctly the first time, this investment will only grow.

How to Prevent These Issues Via Policies

As we briefly mentioned above, any BYOD initiative you introduce to your company needs to be controlled through a stringent use policy. This policy needs to clearly describe how an employee is to use their device during work hours, as well as the prerequisites that your employees need to abide by and agree to in order to use their own device. We recommend the following:

Mobile Device Management and Endpoint Protection

This technology helps to keep any company data isolated from any personal data on the device, which means that it allows you to control your data without intruding on an employee’s privacy. As a result, if a device is stolen, you can remotely remove any business data from it to ensure your data is protected.

Another precaution to enact is endpoint protection software. This software essentially performs a preemptive security scan of any device trying to access the network, identifying if a device has been infected. This means that your network isn’t introduced to whatever malware is present on the device, and the owner is then aware of their security issue as well.

Access Controls

The fact of the matter is that not every employee needs access to every byte of data you have. Therefore, it makes sense to implement role-based access controls. These controls can help keep an employee focused on the data they need for their work duties, and can help you identify where a breach occurred, should one happen. Some access controls can even prevent a device that isn’t up to date from connecting to the network at all. You should also investigate two-factor authentication measures that might assist you in limiting access to those who should have it.

Exit Strategies and Safeguards

Finally, you also have to consider what to do if something happens to one of the devices that has been used for BYOD purposes. First of all, you need to have your employees agree to have a lost device wiped remotely, applying the necessary solutions to each device used. Your employees also need to report a lost or stolen device immediately so these precautions can be put to use.

Finally, should an employee leave your business, you also need to make sure you have already secured the authorization to remove your company’s data from their device. You don’t want someone walking around with access to your data, whether their departure was amicable or not. Including this in your BYOD policy will ensure that anyone who leverages their mobile device is aware of your capability to remove your company data from their device, and will allow them to opt out of BYOD if it makes them uncomfortable.

With these policies backing up your Bring Your Own Device planning, you should be able to make use of a great productivity tool without sacrificing your data security. For assistance in putting BYOD into practice, reach out to TaylorWorks at 407-478-6600.

Tip of the Week: How to Customize Your Microsoft W...
Smartphone Manufacturers Building Foldable Screen ...
 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Wednesday, May 22 2019
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Captcha Image

Tag Cloud

Tip of the Week Security Technology Network Security Best Practices Cloud Business Computing Privacy Hosted Solutions Data Backup Managed IT Services Hackers Malware Email Data Recovery Productivity Internet Innovation User Tips VoIP Mobile Devices Data Google Outsourced IT Communications Internet of Things Microsoft Efficiency IT Services Tech Term Software Cybersecurity Backup Hardware Cloud Computing Business Continuity Business Communication Android BDR Workplace Tips IT Support Artificial Intelligence Saving Money Smartphones Business Management Small Business Gadgets Ransomware Disaster Recovery Managed IT Services Windows 10 Smartphone IT Support Network Router Phishing Mobile Device Cybercrime Server Browser Collaboration Applications Chrome How To Encryption Law Enforcement Managed IT BYOD Spam Computer Windows Training Money Save Money Data Security Computers Blockchain Access Control Users Data Protection Office 365 Proactive IT Social Media Avoiding Downtime Holiday Mobile Device Management Mobility Word Two-factor Authentication Virtualization Business Intelligence Passwords Information Machine Learning Apps Firewall Productivity Managed Service Business Technology IT Management Alert Redundancy Paperless Office Automation Operating System Voice over Internet Protocol Analysis Miscellaneous Manufacturing Bandwidth Social Engineering Upgrade Software as a Service Telephone Systems Identity Theft Education Remote Monitoring App Vulnerability Facebook Wi-Fi Document Management Servers Connectivity Settings File Sharing Compliance Private Cloud Display Fraud Content Management Data Breach Hacker Data loss Help Desk Budget Mobile Computing Microsoft Office Spam Blocking Google Docs Virtual Private Network Virtual Reality Scam Big Data Smart Tech Website Value Virtual Assistant IT Plan Human Resources Windows 7 Comparison Health Cryptocurrency Telephone System Unsupported Software Remote Computing VPN Wireless Telephony Business Owner Infrastructure Employer-Employee Relationship Staff Healthcare Networking Bring Your Own Device Unified Threat Management Data Storage Government Google Drive Workers Keyboard Solid State Drive Credit Cards Flexibility Cables Update Information Technology Work/Life Balance CES Sports OneNote Password Meetings Augmented Reality Botnet Save Time WiFi Risk Management Knowledge Flash Distribution Computing Infrastructure Patch Management Unified Communications Devices Computer Care Data Warehousing Smart Office Marketing Remote Worker Tip of the week Restore Data Workforce Inventory Vendor Management The Internet of Things Emails Travel Gmail Addiction Google Search IoT Password Management Conferencing Administrator Mobile Default App Public Cloud Samsung Security Cameras Cortana Strategy YouTube Network Congestion Logistics Amazon Theft Thought Leadership Wiring Windows Server 2008 Downtime Backup and Disaster Recovery Telecommuting Black Market Content Filtering Charger Screen Mirroring Shortcuts Hacking Recycling Cache Proactive HBO Computer Fan Net Neutrality Instant Messaging NIST Microchip Professional Services Managed Service Provider Employee/Employer Relationship HIPAA Electronic Medical Records IT Consultant Project Management Sync Amazon Web Services End of Support Worker Commute Google Apps Streaming Media Legal Entertainment Students GDPR Cryptomining Remote Work Battery Authentication Cast eCommerce PDF eWaste Wireless Internet Remote Monitoring and Maintenance Outlook FENG ISP Office Tips USB Insurance Tools Content Filter Windows 10s Smartwatch Multi-Factor Security Technology Tips Quick Tips Leadership Warranty Biometric Security Online Shopping E-Commerce Regulations Database HaaS Fiber-Optic Nanotechnology Windows 10 Netflix Social Data Management Criminal Wire Line of Business Frequently Asked Questions File Versioning Specifications Recovery Practices Safe Mode Root Cause Analysis Search Engine Password Manager Storage SaaS Software Tips Employee Trending Accountants HVAC Printer Skype OLED Evernote Digital Signature Electronic Health Records Current Events Camera Cleaning Vendor Hard Drives MSP Excel Multiple Versions Millennials Hosted Computing Bing Business Mangement Physical Security Audit Digital Signage Lifestyle Enterprise Content Management Wireless Technology webinar 5G Mouse Start Menu Cabling Wireless Charging Two Factor Authentication Safety Printers IBM Content CrashOverride Techology Assessment Humor Music Bluetooth Customer Relationship Management Politics Competition Internet Exlporer Audiobook IP Address User Error Webinar Television Wearable Technology Hybrid Cloud Customer Service Video Games Company Culture Transportation Hiring/Firing Mobile Office Books IT solutions Automobile Public Computer How to Worker Domains Utility Computing Loyalty Managing Stress Fun Internet exploMicrosoft Benefits Best Practice Files Troubleshooting Rootkit Public Speaking Regulation Office Scalability Employer Employee Relationship Presentation Advertising Smart Technology Lithium-ion battery Analytics Colocation Emergency History Shadow IT Hosted Solution Twitter Tech Support Relocation Experience Computer Accessories Search

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite