The Era of Bring-Your-Own-Device: Overcoming BYOD Security Threats

Security ThreatsThe influx of the Generation Y, combined with their growing demand for flexible work arrangements, has led to a revolution in the workplace: the BYOD or Bring Your Own Device movement.

This Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend brings convenience and increased productivity to employees, but it also introduces a range of security risks and challenges for corporate networks and data.

Moving data from one device or network to another is increasing security risks for businesses, as it opens the floodgates of corporate data to leaks and attacks. This is because employee-owned devices are beyond the scope of control for internal tech teams.

Those who will take the hardest hit are small to medium organisations that don’t have the knowledge and resources to mitigate the security challenges. Fortunately, there’s still hope. Read on for a guide on overcoming the security implications of the BYOD era.

Make Modifications to the IT Infrastructure

Businesses should make modifications in their IT infrastructure to make them compliant to BYOD. They also need to identify which applications employees are using when interacting with corporate data.

Penetration testing is a great way to identify vulnerabilities with the current IT estate. It also pays to hire experts in infrastructure management, as suggests.

Implement Security Policies

Mobile devices, especially phones and tablets, are the weakest link when it comes to security. They are extremely prone to attacks and need regular patch updates.

The onus is on the organisations to implement policies that will make employees keep the devices secure. Organisations, however, should make sure to clearly communicate the boundaries of these policies.

Invest in EMM Software

One of the biggest challenges in the BYOD era is coping with the storage of both corporate and personal data on the same device. This comes with the risk of malware being unknowingly installed by the user, which means the malware can find its way into the network.

Businesses should invest in EMM or Enterprise Mobility Management software. This helps in monitoring and detecting risks before they destroy most of the network.

BYOD, no doubt, poses significant security risks. Managed properly, though, it can reduce costs and increase productivity for businesses.