Advice for Smooth Implementing BYOD Program
Bring your own device (BYOD) is a concept that took off after the invention of the smartphone. As phones became smarter, software developers began to create apps for these phones. Over time, mobile device use has overtaken desktop use in the workplace.
Purchasing phones and mobile plans for employees is often financially prohibitive. Plus, it can be inconvenient for employees to carry around two different devices - one personal and one work-related.
An estimated 83% of companies have some sort of BYOD policy.
You can deploy BYOD safely if you follow some best practices. Too often, business owners do not even know which devices are connected to company data. Or which devices might have data stored on them.
Determine Your BYOD Policy
If there are no defined rules for BYOD, you can not expect the process to be secure. Employees could leave business data unprotected. Or they might connect to a public WLAN and then enter their business email password, exposing it.
Hold on Your Policy “Evergreen”
Once a policy becomes outdated, it becomes less relevant to employees. Someone may look at your BYOD policy and notice that a policy is outdated. As a result, they may think they should ignore the entire policy
Choose VoIP Apps for Business Calls
Before the pandemic, 65% of employees shared their personal phone numbers with customers. This often happens because they need to be connected to a customer when they do not have an office phone. Customers may also save a personal number for an employee. For instance, when the employee calls the customer from their own device.
Create Limits on Saved Company Data
Remote working has exacerbated the security problem with BYOD. While BYOD meant mobile devices in the past, it now means computers. Remote workers often use their own PCs when working outside the office.
Ask For Device Updates
If employees' devices are not updated or patched, they are an invitation to data misuse. Any endpoint device connected to your network can enable a security breach. This includes devices owned by employees.
Include BYOD in Your Offboarding Process
When an employee leaves your company, you need to eliminate their digital footprint. Is the employee still receiving work emails on his phone? Does he have access to company data via permanent logins? Are there stored corporate passwords on the device?
Let Us Help You Explore Endpoint Security Solutions
Onyx IT can help you identify solutions to secure a BYOD program. Onyx IT will investigate how your organization uses personal devices in your business and recommend the best tools. Contact Onyx IT today for a free consultation.
Article used with permission from The Technology Press.