December 2, 2014
Mobile devices. Laptop, smartphone and tablet pc.

How To Breathe Easier When Making The Switch To A BYOD Environment

Letting employees use their own personal devices – what could possibly go wrong? Plenty without the proper planning, actually. Many workplace environments in recent years have considered how to implement a structure of BYOD – Bring Your Own Device – so that employees are allowed to bring their own smartphones, tablets and other devices to work. Successfully done, the business may see a cost savings. Without the right security measures, however, you could be putting your company’s network at risk for attack. Can a BYOD program work well in your company environment? Think about these crucial steps first before you dive right in. Picture this: It’s the early afternoon and many of your employees have just come back from lunch. Just before they settle back into their tasks at hand, they go to their smartphone or tablet. Suddenly, you’ve got a variety of devices that could connect to places you’re not prepared for them to go, from USB drives to wireless printers and more. Bob downloads a few unsupported apps, creating a security concern. Jill visits a website and doesn’t suspect that she’s about to introduce a type of malware into the environment. Ethan has sensitive data on his device, which he leaves out in the open on his desk, just waiting to be compromised. Can you see the potential I.T. challenges surfacing here? Every employee could create serious security issues if there aren’t proactive steps taken. What’s Your Policy On Mobile Security? If your answer is, “We don’t have […]