Why BYOD is a Security Risk to Your Business
The concept of using ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) in the workplace has been driving innovation for quite some time now. As the business landscape continues to change, the general consensus is that this approach should be adopted.
However, with this, comes a shift in your business’s security.
Below, we have highlighted the considerations that should be made by businesses adopting a BYOD policy:
What are the risks of bringing your own device?
- Local Exposure
Local exposure is the loss of control over which data is being stored and processed and therefore, put at risk on a device.
- Data Leakage
If an employees device isn’t secure it, therefore, poses a risk of leaking private business data.
- Data Loss
As well as data leakage, data could be lost due to the physical theft or misplacement of a device.
- Public Exposure
If public wifi hotspots or personal area networks are used, business data is susceptible to man-in-the-middle attacks.
- Insecure Usage
Third party usage, for example by friends or family, increases the risk that private data is exposed to.
- Malicious and Rogue Apps
The implementation of a BYOD policy can result in little to no control over which apps are installed on a device. This, therefore, increases the risk of business data being stolen by malicious or rogue apps.
What technologies are available for securing employee devices?
- Mobile Device Management (MDM)
Organisations often implement a third-party MDM system which can do things such as wipe data from a device remotely, locate the device if it is missing, and help with data segregation.
- Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM)
EMM solutions work similarly to MDM, but with the addition of managing the entire device, not just its features.
- Next Gen Access Control
Access control solutions work by authenticating users, implementing security applications (e.g. firewall and antivirus) and restricting the availability of network resources to endpoint devices. This is all done in compliance with a predefined security policy, outlined specifically for mobile.
- Data loss prevention (DLP)
DLP solutions make sure that users don’t send potentially sensitive or critical information outside of the corporate network.