As companies become increasingly dependent on technology for core business processes, they are becoming more and more vulnerable to security-related issues. From company servers to laptops and mobile devices, there’s never been a more crucial time for device management strategies and deployment directives. As the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement grows, the imperative to have robust BYOD policies in place becomes all the more important to minimize the risk of breach. Here are three key ways to implement an effective BYOD policy for your small business:
1) Employee Education and Awareness
The most important aspect is first informing and educating your employees on the potential risks and harm they could cause by using their own devices in unsecure ways. As companies become increasingly more mobile, it is imperative that employees are trained in the importance of securing their devices to avoid security-related issues. In the event of a breach or lost/stolen device, does your staff know what procedures to follow? Continuous education and reiteration of these hazards and protocols are the best bet for keeping a secure network.
2) Mobile Software Solutions
As mobile device use in the workplace becomes more commonplace and employees begin to store and access sensitive data on these devices, a comprehensive mobile device management solution becomes essential for securing your information and network. These management systems can help govern levels of access for employees, along with how devices can operate on a network. Essentially, a good mobile management system can alleviate a lot of the traditional hazards and risks while unlocking the advantages of a mobile environment.
3) State it in Writing
No matter what BYOD policy you implement, it will not be nearly as effective if you do not have it in writing. Without written documentation of the policy, a company cannot properly hold employees accountable for situations that relate to their devices. The consequences fall short, and in turn, leave an open window for more potential opportunities for security-related hazards. Develop a policy in a detailed, documented, written form for each employee to learn and sign off on in agreement with the policy and stated consequences. This will hold individuals accountable, and make them more inclined to take the policy seriously. Create a BYOD policy that is accessible to all staff and update it on a regular basis to keep pace with an ever-evolving technological landscape.
As companies switch to more mobile platforms, the need for BYOD policies is more important than ever. But ensuring that the proper steps are in place to initiate this policy is crucial. If your company is looking to embrace a BYOD environment, use these three steps to guide you through the process. Educate and involve your staff, invest in quality mobile software solutions, have BYOD policy documentation on hand, and lean on the expertise of an IT consulting company to deploy the most effective strategy possible.
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