With about 75% of employees in the U.S. using their own devices for work communications and productivity, businesses must implement safeguards to avoid company data from being compromised should a device be stolen, hacked or contract a virus.
The BYOD (bring your own device) trend has grown as many employees have eschewed company-issued mobile devices, preferring to use their own.
But, while a company can install certain software and make security settings on its own phones, the task is harder when your workers want to use their own devices for their jobs, according to a new study by mobile solutions provider CDW.
Fortunately, the market has responded with systems and software to help businesses secure the personal smartphones and tablets that their employees use to conduct their jobs.
There are a number of benefits to allowing your staff to BYOD, according to the CDW report, including:
Also, because employees are likely to have their phone plans through a variety of carriers, if one carrier goes down in a disaster others may still be operational.
But, increased mobility comes with more risk to your company's data or the information you store on your customers. When employees co-mingle personal and business uses on the phone it poses dangers, particularly if the device is compromised and passwords discovered.
The biggest concern is hackers gaining access to an employee's personal files and using them as a gateway to your company's data. This is made particularly easy if an employee uses the same password for both work and personal accounts.
Locked and loaded
The best weapon currently available for BYOD devices is what is known as Enterprise Mobile Device Management software.
Once the software is installed on your employee's phone, it gives you the ability to set the security configurations for the device remotely. There are a number of great features with this technology, according to the CDW report, including:
Other measures you can implement include:
If your staff are using their phones for business and they have enterprise apps on them that can access your databases, you may be putting your systems and intellectual property at risk of cyber attack.
If you follow the above advice, you'll be better able to thwart any attacks on your employees' smartphones that could hamstring your business.
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