Bring your own device (BYOD) policies are taking the world by storm. By 2017, Gartner predicts that one half of employers will require employees to bring their own device to work.
This means employees are now conducting work business on the same phone or tablet they use to play Candy Crush, call an Uber on a late night out and scope out romantic prospects on Tinder.
As more companies adopt a bring your own device policy, they face unique security challenges and issues. If your company falls into this category, it’s crucial that you understand the BYOD security risks.
We’re sharing the top BYOD security threats and how you can fight back:
1) Data leakage
Once a bring your own device policy is set in motion, employees will have direct access to confidential and highly sensitive business data on their personal devices. With just one click, they could compromise the security of your critical data.
You can keep mobile device data leakage at bay by implementing policies and procedures to secure data. Consider holding a company-wide meeting to educate employees on mobile security best practices.
Another way to ensure data security is to encrypt data as it passes from a mobile device to your network and back. Data encryption is typically accomplished by using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). VPNs allow employees working remotely to securely connect to your company’s network. Employees can work in Starbucks (while enjoying a mocha latte, of course) and you can rest easy about the security of their network connection.
2) Lost and stolen devices
60% of network breaches are due to a lost or stolen device. And, out of the 70 million devices lost or stolen each year, only 7% are recovered.
Data stored in lost or stolen devices can endanger your business, especially if the device wasn’t locked at the time it was misplaced. Anyone in possession of the missing device can access your business’s data and applications.
Make sure all employees are protecting their devices with passcode or fingerprint recognition. You can even take your security a step further by implementing remote wiping capabilities. That way, your IT managers can wipe the device as soon as it’s reported missing.
3) Disgruntled employees
Unhappy employees pose a significant security risk to businesses, especially in the bring your own device policy era. With corporate data now available on personal devices, it’s never been easier for disgruntled employees to send sensitive business files to rival companies.
To protect business data, you must monitor data at rest or in motion. Draft an acceptable use policy (AUP) that highlights your right to monitor the appropriate use of devices and the employee’s right to privacy. Clearly communicate the acceptable use of devices as it relates to your company network, data and applications, and then ensure all employees give their written consent.
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