A strong BYOD policy and right security tool will not only keep you protected from several threats and attacks to your network but also improve the efficiency of your employees. In the current age, most of the people are using a smartphone for both personal and professional purposes. A variety of OS available for these devices only complicates matter for security admins. Each smartphone is at security risk though there could be debates whether you require security apps or need to add more policiesj. We suggest a mix and match approach.
Since the introduction of BYOD concept, plenty of employers and employees have benefited from it. But, no one can deny the risk associated with it, as BYOD can lead to data breaches and increased liability for the organization.
6 Tips to Secure Devices and Reduce BYOD Risks
In the BYOD concept, several breaches are possible and if you want to be ready to fight them then these 6 tips should serve as a best practices guide for end users and IT/security teams alike.
- Always use password protected access controls, which may seem obvious, but setting a password/ PIN is a critical first step in BYOD security that many users choose to ignore.
- You should keep your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned off when not in use. Use secure wireless network, and only connect your device to trusted networks.
- Most of the devices come with built-in access control features. Users should optimize the access control and app permission settings so that each application can access only what it needs to function and nothing more.
- Ensure to keep your OS, firmware, software, and applications updated in real-time, as software updates often contain security patches to protect users from the latest threats or exploits.
- You should periodically back up the device’s data, this will greatly reduce the fallout should a device be lost or stolen.
- You should enable anti-theft, find my device and remote wipe services, this will enable you to track a missing device, and wipe a device’s data remotely in the event of a lost or stolen device.
- You should use a good antivirus software in your device , it will prevent from slow system and cyber attacks as the new threats keep emerging day-by-day.