Mobile Device Security

BYOD challenges and ways to overcome

There are various challenges which are faced by an organization when they try to adopt a BYOD policy. The organizations which are planning to implement the BYOD in their working culture should have strong policies that support these programs. The authorities of the company should be careful about the threats which the employees’ devices may contain.

Therefore, it is extremely essential for an organization that they should be aware of the challenges which they may face while implementing the BYOD policies. One of the best ways to deal with this problem is to deploy an enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution. Several vendors provide the mobility management solutions that also question the organization about their perspective.

Mentioning a clear and specific process for employees devices

After the adoption of the BYOD process, an organization cannot allow its employees to directly use their personal devices for business-related tasks. When an organization plans to design a BYOD policy, first they have to mention the exact process and its steps. A device should go through a proper cyber check before deploying it into the BYOD practice. This will also reduce the chances of cyber-crimes. During the checking, it is very important that the device’s state of privacy and security should be analyzed thoroughly. Afterward, the installation of an EMM or MDM agent should be done.

Analyze the various types of mobile devices

It is observed that all the employees of the organization use different machines manufactured by different providers and support different operating systems. If these devices don’t support your accommodations, then it can create a huge chaos in your workspace. Therefore, the organization should make sure that it’s mobile and desktop solutions support the devices used by their employees. If in case the company faces any kind of challenges, then it is better to use a unified operating system for these devices.

Select strong and efficient passwords                                                

Every device in the organization that follows the practice of BYOD should have a strong authentication so that it becomes extremely difficult for the hacker to subvert or exploit the device. Hence, every organization should try to set strong and solid passwords that should be unique and hard to guess. While on the other hand, if the systems are unauthorized, there is a high risk of cyber-attacks in your organization. Apart from these, an organization should try to create a two-phase authentication process which is considered an ideal measure to deal with the cyber-attacks.

Create a strong plan to recover stolen or lost devices                               

It is very essential that a BYOD program should have a clear plan to recover stolen or lost devices. In case an employee’s device is lost or gets stolen, then the organization must take every step to recover it. This is because the device may contain sensitive and confidential information regarding the company. A company should file a legal report when this kind of incident happens.

The BYOD can be a great opportunity as well as a challenge for the organisations. The practice of BYOD is a boon for the business as it reduces the overall business costs. Therefore, it is very necessary to deploy strong BYOD policies that can eradicate these problems from the grass-root level.

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Matt is a global CISO with 20+ Years of Directing International Security Programmes for Multi-Billion Pound Organisations. With a passion for security and a cybersecurity evangelist.

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