Smartphone and handheld devices have taken the consumer and business market by storm, and there is no end in sight. As popularity increases, it is only a matter of time before bring-your-own-device (BYOD) becomes commonplace for every business. There is no questioning the efficiency and ease-of-access that BYOD offers to the workplace. However, the risks of such policies should not be downplayed.
In order for your business to reap the benefits of enabling workers to utilize their personal devices, a carefully thought out mobility strategy must be implemented in order to minimize the risks and increase security. Here are five mobile device management tips that you should consider when migrating towards a BYOD policy.
5 Mobile Device Management Tips
- Carefully consider which apps and devices will be allowed. In order to maintain complete control over security, privacy, and other issues, you will first need to consider which sorts of smartphones or wireless devices will be allowed on the company network – and under what conditions. Remember, in the end, even though employees are using their own devices, you are responsible for protecting your data.
- Leverage the Cloud. One of the leading liabilities of BYOD is the ability for personal devices to be used to gain access to the company data network – this may leave data susceptible to lose or theft. Rather than risk the security of the company, its employees and its customers by allowing staff to store data on their devices, consider using cloud storage.
- Create a password and device wipe policies. Even in cloud storage situations, there might still be times where data can be put at risk. This includes when employees leave the company, when devices break or need repair or upgrading, or even when devices are stolen. Create a policy that requires staff to password protect everything, and change passwords regularly. Additionally, create a policy that requires virtual device wiping under certain situations,
- Educate employees about the risks. Take the time to educate staff members of the importance of data protection, privacy policies and the repercussions of each. If employees are well educated on the subject, they may be more likely to take these sorts of things seriously.
- Don’t provide at-will access to every app on the system. Not every employee will require access to every company program and app out there. Consider restricting access to certain things, or limiting access only to key management members.
In limiting access to certain apps, or creating policies that cover privacy, data protection or device wiping, you are establishing strong security protocols that ensure the overall success of your BYOD plan and safeguard important data against loss and theft.