How to Design and Implement an Effective and Secure BYOD Policy

According to a recent Gartner Survey, IT departments have listed BYOD (bring your own device) as one of, if not the top security concern they face today.  The benefits of BYOD are many and so IT departments have had to look for ways to make BYOD more secure instead of getting rid of it altogether.

One of the first steps in making BYOD more secure is designing and implementing an effective and secure BYOD policy.  But how do I write a BYOD policy?  And once it’s written, how exactly do I implement said BYOD policy?  In this blog post, we will discuss the three key steps to designing an effective and secure BYOD policy as well as the three key steps to implementing that BYOD policy.

 

3 Key Steps to Designing a BYOD policy

Clearly articulate your goals for creating a BYOD policy – What do you hope the BYOD policy will accomplish?

  1. Write easy to understand rules for your employees to follow – What devices can employees use?  What programs are acceptable for employees to use?  What security settings need to be in place?  This step requires research on your behalf, figuring out exactly what devices and programs you want to allow your employees to use with your data and/or on your network
  2. Explain the risks involved with disregarding the rules of the BYOD policy, as well as what the outcome for those employees who refuse to follow the BYOD policy are – When your employees have a better understanding of BYOD risks, as well as the potential consequences for them not following a BYOD policy, they will be more likely to follow it.

3 Key Steps to Implementing a BYOD policy

  1. Make the BYOD policy required reading – All of your employees should read your BYOD policy and understand what is in it.  Make the BYOD policy readily available and required reading by requiring that your employees either sign an agreement to follow the BYOD policy, or at the very least, sign a document that says they have read and understand your BYOD policy.
  2. Enforce the BYOD policy – Just writing a policy isn’t enough. Make sure that you are monitoring where your business’ data and files are being stored and moved to and take action against those who do not value the security.
  3. Prepare an employee exit strategy – With BYOD, employees who leave your company no longer need return company-issued equipment and may still have access to sensitive material.  Consider making all of your data only accessible through company emails that can be disabled once an employee leaves.

The importance of writing and implementing a BYOD policy for your business cannot be underestimated in this increasingly mobile workforce.  Finding secure and useful programs you can trust is also incredibly important.  For more information on tools and programs you can trust and include in your BYOD policy, visit TappIn.com.

  • GN

    Great article. For the obsessive compulsive reader, you might want to number your first key steps 1-3 instead of 1-2. I guess the “1. ” didn’t code right in front of : “Clearly articulate your goals for creating a BYOD policy – What do you hope the BYOD policy will accomplish?”
    Keep up the great blogs. Truly they are some of my favorite daily reads! Thanks for a great product as well.

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    I like your 3 Key Steps to Implementing a BYOD policy.

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