We’ve written a lot about the IT risks associated with BYOD (bring your own device) and the need for businesses to design and implement secure BYOD policies, but if we only consider the security of our data when it’s online and don’t give a critical look at the devices employees are using to access that data, then we really haven’t done anything to address the BYOD risks we all face.
Today’s workforce is using their mobile devices as tools to access a wide range of work-related data and information, only adding to the already booming trend that is BYOD. The BYOD trend has been met with a lot of excitement by employees and businesses owners alike as it allows employees to vastly increase their productivity while using the devices they are most comfortable with.
If you are a BYOD business, odds are you can’t afford to provide each of your employees with a company-issued cell phone. And because you are a BYOD business, your employees will be accessing your data from whatever device is most convenient (often times their mobile devices). Making those mobile devices as secure and safe to share files remotely through should be considered incredibly important to all businesses (BYOD and other).
Here are five steps every business should take to make sure their employees’ mobile devices are more secure and safe for remote file sharing:
1. Choose mobile devices with advanced security capabilities – Your BYOD policy should include which devices are acceptable to use as well as which devices are not. Make sure that the devices your employees are choosing to use have advanced security capabilities so you may enable them.
2. Use remote wipe capabilities – In the event that an employee’s phone is lost or stolen, remote wipe capabilities allow a third party to remotely wipe the phone clean of all data.
3. Enable encryption – If the device has an encryption option, make sure that it’s turned on and that your employee keeps it on.
4. Require authentication to access – Create an authentication password for the device so that whoever picks up the device can’t access it without a password.
5. Set up firewalls to designate different levels of access – There are some files and data that you don’t want all of your employees to have access to (especially if they are more sensitive). You can limit which data employees can access with their own devices by using these firewalls.
And those are the five basic steps to making your mobile device more secure and safe for remote file sharing. For more information about how TappIn is the perfect app for BYOD businesses, check out these related posts: