7 Tips for a successful BYOD strategy

Everything today is centred around mobility and it is important for any business to meet this demand. Large and small businesses find this a challenge with security as a major concern. End users using personal devices means ensuring data across all devices is secure, as well as understanding increased connectivity to corporate data highlights threats. Not to mention having the time to manage this all. To invest is simply to ask yourself how can I satisfy my employees and keep them productive from anywhere. With every business looking to the cloud for the answer, Gartner predicts that by 2018, 25% of corporate data will flow directly from mobile devices to the cloud [1].

1) Understand mobile privacy

Large enterprises and SME’s need to understand differences in concerns for users on company owned devices to personal ones. User expectations differ, when an employee brings their own device monitoring web searches and email content becomes a breach of privacy. A strategy that balances IT security challenges to corporate resources and employees privacy, needs to be adopted.

2) Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM)

EMM solutions are insufficient for managing cybersecurity on managed devices they may be great for managing security policy compliance.

3) Mobile vulnerability detection

Mobile devices can be used against you for potential attacks such as applications with malware installed can bypass protection mechanisms and steal sensitive data as CIO (2017) states [1]. Networks are another area with auto-connection and bandwidth issues. Moreover, there can be risky configuration settings or even vulnerabilities in the OS.

4) Latest software

Mobile OS should be up to date as outdated systems are sure to be at risk. A BYOD strategy will not work if users are not updated there is bound to be flaws an organisation needs to understand this and put practices in place.

5) Apps

Mobile apps need to be monitored to ensure imposter apps are not downloaded. This can be a disastrous risk to your business therefore to avoid and limit such action. Connectivity of these apps to corporate resources should be blocked.

6) Network threats should be a priority

Apps, software are all things that need to be monitored. Though more importantly networks are 15 times more likely to play a part. All employees in the business should be aware of the dangers of public Wi-Fi.

7) Real-time strategy

Proactively devise a strategy to avoid mobile devices being used against your business. IT teams need to ready to detect cyber threats in real-time.

At Hostventura we can help bring your BYOD strategy to life, with our expert know how in enterprise mobility and cloud expertise. Take a look at our DaaS solution and get in touch to see how we can make this work for you.

Source: 

[1] CIO (2017). 7 musts for any successful BYOD program

http://www.cio.com/article/3166532/mobile-security/7-musts-for-any-successful-byod-program.html?idg_eid=d71510c798e3880e3481d3deff85cf22&email_SHA1_lc=afedc1cd57f3800018ce675cea9411c42e656c5f&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CIO%20Mobile%202017-02-15&utm_term=cio_mobile

 

 

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