The Prerequisites for Efficient BYOD and IoT Networks

By CIOReview | Monday, July 23, 2018

The concepts of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and Corporate Owned Personal Enabled COPE have triggered a constructive debate about the security of connected IoT networks and ecosystem has been circulating amidst experts. Since these networks are made accessible remotely, either through portals or point of contact (POC) tags, securing the devices from infringements can turn out to be quite the concern for organizations. In spite of firewalls and security protocols, hackers continue to find loopholes to gain access to databases.

As a counter-measure, companies are looking for workarounds that establish a stringent onboarding policy for devices within the BYOD or IoT ecosystems. It goes without saying that the specifications of these devices and their accessibility to information need to be well-governed prior to the introduction into the network. This will enable organizations to have a firm grasp on the functionality of devices, preventing unauthorized access to information. Additionally, stronger policies, regulations, and more importantly, proper awareness of the compliance requirements go a long way in safeguarding the network itself. Guidelines pertaining to the access of information, network segmentation, and security protocols need to be well-defined and documented and brought to the notice of the employees participating in programs such as BYOD.

Since BYOD has been around for quite some time, departmental administrators have proactively considered these measures to monitor and prevent cyber attacks. However, the use of anti-malware applications, cyber firewalls, and real-time threat detection systems would go a long way in strengthening the existing security measures. Including these counter-measures, deploying a unified solution that accounts for organizational security protocols has been one of the best suited strategies for tackling such threats. This has led to the development of Unified Threat Management (UTM) systems that consolidates various modules such as firewall, intrusion detection, real-time traffic monitoring into a single portfolio of solutions. If UTM is extended to IoT networks to identify anomalies and suspicious activities, the safety of these networks can be assured to a certain extent. In order to achieve that, IT administrators need to take into account the policy and the number of devices participating in the network and cohesively device strategies to achieve the organizational outcomes.