Fixing the BYOD Security Issues in the Workplace

By CIOReview | Thursday, August 9, 2018
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BYOD or Bring Your Own Device has taken off successfully in a workplace as a large number of companies, mainly tech companies are encouraging their employees to bring their own laptops, smartphones, or tablets to save cost and also allow their employees to work from any location. But, most of the enterprises are still grappling with the risks associated with it.

Previously, it was possible for the IT managers to block BYOD since only a handful number of employees were able to afford these devices. But that scenario has changed completely. At present, the growths of tablet devices into the corporate environment have outstripped the corporate buyers compared to the customers, which suggests that it is a persistent and a common problem.

Another risk inducing factor is that there are a lot of different workers in the workplace these days which includes partners, temporary workers, and contractors. Cisco has predicted that by 2021, 94 percent of workload and compute will be available on the cloud.

As BYOD adoption increases, so does the number of possible threats that can adversely hamper business. A large number of businesses and companies have already experienced the data breach because of personalized access of devices to the data. There are a few steps that can be taken to eliminate BYOD threats. They are:

•  Set guidelines on how to use mobile devices on and off premises.

•  Mobile specific anti-virus and anti-malware program should be put into place

•  Use a secured remote browser

BYOD is on the rise in workplaces. The risks associated with it can be minimized by implementing the above stated protocols in place to some extent. Also, by the implementation of basic security protocols such as encryption and passcodes, and keeping the IT team of the companies updated with threats and solutions can minimize the risks of BYOD to a great extent.