Many years ago you could consider yourself lucky when you had your own computer, let alone a mobile phone. Do you remember these times? Right now, it is hard to encompass all the devices we use daily or may I even say hourly. No wonder we want to take them everywhere.
But should we?
More and more employees bring and use their personal devices at their workplace enhancing their mobility. However, none of them think about the bigger picture of this move. BYOD seems safe but, if proper measures are not taken into consideration, it may do more harm than good.
What are the dangers?
Our devices are used everywhere and the risk of losing them is pretty high, especially when competition wants to get access to corporate data. Also, even though we are much more aware of the hack-risks, it doesn’t take much time to hack a device.
Hackers hunt for secret information and data retrieval itself isn’t hard for them. They can also install malware and, once these infected devices are brought to work, malicious software can get to the whole network. This may lead to data leakage or even destroy the hardware.
How to minimise the risk?
To prevent the consequences of losing company’s private data, some steps must be followed.
- Establish a policy – your employees must be aware of risks and restrictions connected with BYOD. They must bear in mind, that the data they work on must stay secure. Employees should be informed what to do in critical situations (losing or damaging of the device). Also, they are to know that any violation of these set rules will have repercussions.
- Proper training – employees should attend workshops on cybercrime and security to make them more conscious and alert.
- Keep your data restricted – choose your applications carefully to make sure that your critical data can’t be transferred and saved to local devices. Network segmentation and restricted access are the key elements to ensure that leaving employees don’t have access to company’s information any more.
What are the advantages of BYOD?
As it is with every trend, BYOD has also its merits. All companies drive their businesses to achieve cost-effectiveness and BYOD helps them save on equipment and software. However, these devices must be configured according to company’s rules. BYOD also caters for those who live far away from their workplace – they can access important documents anytime, anywhere. It gives them a feeling of freedom, which leads to higher satisfaction from work, hence better results.
Some time ago, Gartner predicted that by 2017 BYOD will become common – employers won’t equip their employees with hardware. Is this forecast bound to be true? In this fast-pacing world, changes happen every day, however with new innovations come new risks. To grow on the market you must think of both and implement novelties wisely.