Reducing BYOD Security Risks
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The advantages of BYOD policies are vast. It can increase morale, productivity, and connectivity in the workplace. It can also save businesses money on equipment costs and maintenance. With an increasing number of businesses adopting these policies, BYOD is an important part of the future of the workplace.
Even so, BYOD policies are not perfect. Just as other technology trends and improvements within the workplace, such as the advent of cloud storage capabilities, the primary flaw in BYOD is intrinsically linked to its primary advantages—greater access and fewer barriers to connectivity.
With greater access and fewer barriers, there is less control over the flow of data, resulting in BYOD security risks, such as the following:
- Stolen or Lost Devices
- Compliance & Tracking Difficulties
Each of these risks were detailed in a previous post when discussing the disadvantages of BYOD policies and the hesitation some businesses have about implementation. Some of these risks can certainly be mitigated, but businesses must recognize these risks and be proactive in implementing strategies to limit liability in the event that a breach occurs.
Preparation is key. As they say, “the best offense is a good defense,” and this is no exception. If you’re thinking of implementing a BYOD policy, or currently have one in place, it is important that you have documentation and a plan in place to protect your business, and your data.
Above all, it is important that employees on all levels are educated and aware of your business policies regarding BYOD. Take it seriously. Implement training and make sure employees are aware of what is expected of them and what happens should they breach these security protocols.
This education and awareness should extend to all levels and job titles. Everyone should know what to do in the event that security is breached. While security risks cannot be eliminated entirely, they can be reduced and the damage can be limited—as long as there is a plan in place.