How will your company respond to the security challenges of a mobile workforce?
While there are most definitely risks associated with a BYOD workplace, many organizations have decided that the benefits outweigh the negatives. Employees who are allowed to utilize their own devices often are happier in their jobs and more productive. So how can organizations identify and manage the risks of their mobile workforce while enjoying the enhanced communication and productivity this technology offers?
BYOD Risk in the Workplace
When an organization owns a device, they have ultimate control over how it is used and secured. With BYOD, organizations have little control over important security items such as operating system versions, security software and what specific applications are installed. It can also be difficult for organizations to scale across a wide range of devices running different operating systems. A smartphone or tablet owned by an employee may also be used in ways that an organization would not deem acceptable. This includes taking devices to unknown locations, sharing them with friends or family and accessing unauthorized apps and content.
Building Robust BYOD Policies
The key to securing a mobile workforce requires the implementation of realistic, yet firm policies revolving around employeesâ use of personal mobile phones and tablets. To help manage the risks of your mobile workforce, use the following tips:
Ensure you and your decision making team are focused on assessing and managing the risk of implementing BYOD policies. Try to focus on secure scalability and usability.
Determine if BYOD is for everyone
Implementing a BYOD policy doesnât mean that everyone will be able to use personal devices, regardless of their position in the company. Itâs up to you to determine which groups will be able to use personal devices to access proprietary company information.
Address issues with theft or termination
When a personal device is used to access company information it can become a major security risk if it is lost, stolen or an employee is terminated. Ensure that you have strict policies where employees sign off on procedures such as wiping of devices, even if they contain personal information.
Ensure upper management reviews and signs off on BYOD policies
Senior management members are often some of the most active users of BYOD devices. Make sure that these individuals are fully on board with all BYOD policies.
Perform a cost benefit analysis
BYOD may not be for everyone. While BYOD policies are being implemented at a large number of companies around the world, itâs important to measure the benefits and ensure that they outweigh the risks.
Is your BYOD policy secure enough?
If your company doesnât have robust BYOD policies you could be opening yourself up to significant security problems. MessageOps Mobility offers a robust suite of enterprise mobility services for organizations looking to harness the power of BYOD while effectively mitigating the risks. Contact us today to learn how we can help you create a secure, productive mobile workforce.