BYOD security: Best practices for your strategy

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategies are continuing to grow in popularity but some business owners are still worried about potential security breaches. Here, we highlight how to stay safe whilst making the most of BYOD…

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies sure do have some impressive benefits to offer.

Not only does giving your people access to their preferred devices make them more satisfied and productive at work – it can also save them valuable time too. What’s more, the statistics show that BYOD is on the rise – whether you like it or not.

According to Microsoft, 67% of today’s workers are already using their personal devices at work (with or without your knowledge).

If you haven’t done so already, implementing a BYOD security plan could be the best way to regulate the way that people use their own devices in the workplace. After all, just because your people say that they’re safe, doesn’t mean they are. 17.7% of employees admit to not telling IT departments when they’re using their devices for work purposes.

So, how do you get some much-needed BYOD security best practices in place?

1.     Establish guidelines for acceptable use

The first step is making sure that your employees know what you expect from them when they’re using their private devices at work. Acceptable use policies are great for stopping unnecessary malware from making their way into your system. All it takes is talking through the business essentials with your team and letting them know how they can stay safe.

For instance, think about things like:

  • Which applications should employees be able to use from their devices? Collaboration tools, VoIP softphones, video apps, etc.
  • Which websites should be banned whenever the device is connected to your corporate network?
  • How will your employees access company-owned assets through their personal devices, including documents, calendars, and email accounts?
  • What will you do to prevent employees from transmitting or storing illicit materials, or engaging in dangerous activities on personal devices?

Remember, the key to an effective BYOD security strategy is getting everyone in your team on board and developing an environment of trust. Restricting your users too much can make them feel as though you’re suffocating them.

2.     Invest in a Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution

Here at Nice Network, we always recommend that our clients implement an MDM solution when their employees are using either BYOD or employer-owned mobile devices. These services allow you to monitor and manage the tools that are connected to your business network in a secure way. Plus, they offer remote control of content, 24/7 support and more.

With our MDM solutions, you’ll be able to:

  • Automatically backup crucial business property to the cloud
  • Use location services to track down your field workers
  • Wipe private information from stolen or lost devices remotely
  • Enforce rich security policies
  • Provide a 24/7 help desk
  • Perform scans for vulnerabilities on mobile devices

MDM solutions like the SOTI MobiControl feature we offer is an excellent way to contain and minimise threats in a BYOD workplace.

3.     Be clear on your BYOD policies

Remember, BYOD security best practices only work if the people using them understand what’s expected of them. Unfortunately, many employees don’t get any formal training when it comes to understanding how to use their personal devices at work. Sometimes, a successful BYOD security plan depends on a training curriculum to help your employees know why it’s so dangerous to access certain websites and applications on the company network.

Without a clear insight into your BYOD policies, your staff members might think that you’re just trying to exert too much control over their work. Holding regular seminars and creating detailed guidebooks for how to use devices can help to get everyone on the same page.

It may also be a good idea to make your users sign an agreement that highlights their understanding of your policy. This will protect you from liabilities and add to the effectiveness of your BYOD security strategy.

4.     Set up an exit plan

Today, 69% of IT decision makers feel that BYOD is a positive thing. As the workplace becomes more complex with the introduction of new technology and methodologies, a BYOD security plan could be the best way to keep your organisation secure.

One of the most critical parts of any BYOD security best practices campaign is making sure that you have an exit plan for employees that leave your business. Your MDM system from Nice Network will help you to sable company emails, wipe corporate devices and remotely change passwords to accounts when necessary.

This means that only your team has access to the files that keep your business running — no more secrets slipping between the cracks of your business security plan.

Want to find out more about the possibilities of BYOD, and how you can set up your BYOD security strategy? Reach out to the group here at Nice Network today!