Are you adopting BYOD?BYOD or Bring Your Own Device is hardly a new concept, although seemingly there are businesses out there that are yet to adopt an official policy for BYOD. In doing so, these business are potentially leaving themselves wide open to all of the risks associated with employee’s using their own devices in the work environment. BYOD policies should not be the cause of a headache, and if executed correctly can bring lots of benefits to the workplace. To highlight important factors to consider when either reviewing an existing BYOD policy or enforcing a new policy we have highlighted below some great points from WatchGuard which were laid out in this whitepaper. To summarise 4 key areas of consideration:
- Get Informed – Gather information on what devices employees are being used on the network and what applications. Firewall logs and reports this can provide an insight into what the network is currently coping with.
- Manage Passwords – Relying on user generated passwords can result in weak passwords leaving vulnerabilities on the network. Password policies for BYOD devices should be the same as standard corporate policy.
- Separation – Work and personal data should be kept separate. Employees using their own devices should accept the standard company T&Cs regarding fair usage, monitoring and risk management.
- Segmented Network – Sensitive data should stay on a separate network to the one open to guests and non-employees.
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