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Is Your BYOD Policy a Hidden Risk?

BYOD Security PoliciesIn today’s world, everyone is connected, and your employees are no exception. People want to stay in contact with their families, keep up with personal communication and access the Internet.  Smartphones and tablets have become our constant companions.

Unfortunately for many modern firms, the traditional relaxed approach to managing how employees use their devices at work represents a huge security risk. Security-aware Bring Your Own Device (BOYD) policy training is critical to your ability to be accommodating and stay safe.

Why BYOD?

It’s impossible to avoid all contact between your networks and your employees’ devices. Even if your budget is sufficient to provide everyone with a work-only tablet or smartphone, they’ll still use their personal devices on breaks or whenever else they deem it appropriate.

All it takes is one inadvertently installed piece of malware making its way to an office computer from a USB flash drive or a failure to log out of a session before leaving your secure WiFi network. Your corporate data could easily be compromised, and you may not become aware of the issue until the damage is already done.

Instead of attempting to stem the ever-growing popularity of smart devices, however, BYOD policies simply work to govern their use. By helping your staff adopt smarter data handling and device-usage habits, you can decrease the likelihood that their simple mistakes will become costly PR nightmares.

What Should My BYOD Policy Cover?

In brief, everything. Potentially risky devices come in a huge range of forms, including seemingly innocuous storage media, and they operate under a similarly confounding number of security standards. For maximum efficacy, your BYOD policy should be targeted at establishing procedures that adapt to potential threats.

For instance, instead of trying to create a list of thousands of prohibited consumer devices, provide your IT staff with the knowledge and authority to vet each device individually. Make sure your employees understand they have to get their personal equipment approved before using it in the office, and keep them in the loop about ongoing security concerns and procedures.

To overcome internal threats, your Security Awareness training must disseminate knowledge about risks as well as the most effective prevention methods.

Optimizing Your BYOD Policy

Your BYOD policies shouldn’t exist in an isolated bubble. They need to reflect the current state of technology and your transforming organizational needs.

As such, your training can’t be a once-off event. Ongoing professional education is the only way to ensure you’re dealing with new threats effectively.

Ashford Global IT consultants understand that your business security hinges on Security Awareness training. We’ve devised an effective training strategy that lets us impart critical universal lessons without losing sight of the unique nuances that set your firm apart. Contact us today to discover how to make your BYOD policies more capable and protect your company.

 

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