Implications of BYOD on security and how to overcome them

Bring your device (BYOD) is a widely adopted business concept across the world. BYOD has several advantages, including increased employee productivity and more freedom. While this work arrangement is appealing, Trilogy Technologies notes that it has a variety of security implications, particularly when personal devices are linked to central databases or used to transmit sensitive company data.

Three major security risks connected with BYOD are discussed, along with suggestions on how to handle them.

Data breach risk

Due to the complex and control-oriented nature of the information technology world, having too many devices connected to the network and gaining access to sensitive business resources such as servers and databases raises the danger of unintentional data leakage. As mentioned in an article published by CCB Technologies, encryption may help mitigate risk. This control mechanism will assist in ensuring that all data transferred between personal devices is encrypted. The data will only be accessible to the intended recipient if they have the appropriate decoding key.

Unsecure networks

As previously said, personal gadgets enable workers to work more efficiently. Unfortunately, the same flexibility allows outsiders to intercept the data, particularly if an employee accesses the database through an unprotected Wi-Fi network. According to the same CCB Technologies report, 40% of mobile devices used at work get infected with malware or other security risks during the first four months of usage.

Advise all workers to access databases and servers through a protected corporate network or VPN. Take it a step further and build a unique security profile for each end-user so that you can manage the number of resources available to each employee depending on their clearance level and position within the business.

Loss of devices

One of the greatest concerns for IT organizations is the theft of an employee’s device containing sensitive business data. Most security breaches occur when stolen equipment gets into the hands of an expert who can enter the network and steal the desired data. This difficulty can be overcome by using remote wiping capabilities. That is, IT administrators should equip all devices with a chip that enables them to erase the device’s data without obtaining the user’s consent.

Indeed, BYOD may boost a company’s productivity and development, but appropriate security precautions must be taken.

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