5 Tips for Implementing a Secure BYOD Policy

BYOD (bring your own device) is quickly becoming the workplace standard. Today, 82 percent of companies allow employees to use personal devices for work, and that number will only grow.

But before you turn your employees loose with their smartphones and tablets, you have to lay some ground rules. Writing and enforcing a comprehensive BYOD policy is the best way to protect your organization.

The Benefits of BYOD

When executed correctly, embracing a corporate BYOD policy far outweighs the potential risks. Employees feel more comfortable and productive working on familiar devices, and BYOD cuts down on device and software costs.

According to a study by Sapho, using personal devices saves employees an average of 81 minutes per week, and 78 percent of employees feel BYOD supports better work-life balance.

But BYOD also raises concerns about data security. In fact, 50 percent of companies that allow BYOD experience breaches via employee-owned devices.

Most companies also lack the resources to effectively manage a BYOD policy. Allowing many different devices, operating systems and software versions in the same corporate environment can quickly stretch your IT resources too thin.

You don’t need a large IT staff to succeed with a BYOD policy. Here are five tips any organization can use to implement a secure BYOD policy.

1. Establish Security Policies for All Devices

Before you give employees the freedom to access company resources from anywhere, set stringent security guidelines.

Users tend to resist complicated passwords and lock screens because they’re inconvenient. But unsecured devices can expose your sensitive data to malicious attacks.

Your BYOD policy should include these security guidelines:

  • What are the minimum required security controls for devices, including data encryption and password requirements?
  • Strong, alphanumeric passwords should be used for all smartphones, (Read more...)

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