BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device. Companies that adopt a BYOD policy allow employees to work from their own personal devices. That’s great for them since they can stick with what makes them feel comfortable and work remotely, and it’s great from a business point of view since you don’t need to worry about buying those devices yourself.
Of course, people tend to be less vigilant with the security of personal devices than business devices, so you need to take the following steps to ensure BYOD peace of mind.
Mobile Device Management (MDM)
MDM solutions are a vital part of BYOD security precautions. Remote management will ensure that all devices are properly secured with up to date defences. If a device is ever lost, access can be denied and files can be wiped remotely. You can also remotely manage the applications that certain people are using and track which files are accessed when.
Educate Your Staff
When it comes to digital security, many business owners assume that all they need to do is have the latest software installed. However, it’s often human error that you really need to worry about, especially when it comes to personal devices. People may visit sites or use applications they wouldn’t use on a business device, and that’s fine as long as the proper precautions are taken. Make sure you train your employees so they don’t fall prey to any malicious web users.
Don’t Allow Jailbroken Devices
A jailbroken device is one that has had the built-in security software bypassed. This is done for a number of reasons; someone may want to run a custom operating system, or a smartphone user may wish to switch their network provider while using a device that was previously locked to a single network. Regardless of the reason, you should avoid letting employees use devices that have been jailbroken. Bypassed software reduces security coverage, essentially creating a weak link in your network.