As with any technological advancement, there is no shortage of areas of vulnerabilities. With vulnerabilities comes some not so pleasant problems which may occur unless the appropriate precautions are taken. In this article, we’ll be discussing the problems and vulnerabilities which may occur with a BYOD (bring your own device) program and how to best prevent them from occurring. Enjoy!
We’ve all heard the stories of high-level employees going out for a round of drinks and accidentally leaving their phone at the bar with trade secrets, confidential emails, passwords, phone numbers, etc… This increased vulnerability with having a device spread across both the professional and personal environment can create a unique set of circumstances where the information which is usually kept in a safe-haven within the confines of an office environment is now susceptible to a whole new host of physical security threats. The simple solution to this issue is to keep vulnerable, and while we’re at it, ALL files and documents in a cloud-based sharing platform so if your device is ever compromised, you’ll be able to easily remove and/or delete the sensitive information from the lost device. This simple method just reduced your increased vulnerability to nearly nil.
When devices are cross-mingled across both personal and professional environments, there’s always the potential for human error. Whether it be an accidental erasure of an email chain from a potential client or a now-embarrassing tweet which was supposed to go to your pet’s personal twitter account. Whatever the case may be, it’s always important to set up distinguishing barriers between both sides of the spectrum. This way, you’ll be able to best identify which is which and reduce the potential for a costly mistake to occur.
At mindWireless, we’ve deployed many, many BYOD programs for several enterprise-level companies and we’ve only heard received great feedback and success stories from all of our clients. We hope you’ll consider mindWireless to be a part of your BYOD program and we’ll ensure your devices are best configured to avoid the above-listed scenarios. Feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to walk you through all of our steps with the BYOD implementation process. Looking forward to hearing from you soon!