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Mobile Device Management

John Pascoe - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

BYOD Security Risks

In the last several years, there has been an explosion in the number of workers who use their own personal mobile devices to perform work functions, commonly referred to as bring your own device (BYOD). Companies should embrace BYOD as an inevitable change and as this trend continues to grow, businesses of all sizes need to diligently address the unique risks of this practice.

Physical theft. Lost or stolen devices are the biggest risk to organizations that allow employees to personally connect their own devices to the corporate network. Large organizations lose dozens of mobile devices per year. Those devices may contain regulated information, such as electronic health records or customer information.

Mobile device management and data protection. Security is the top priority for firms when considering external devices to be used for company business. If mobile device management is not handled properly, this can lead to stresses such as restricting the apps employees can use on their own phones, which could lead to discontent.

Lack of monitoring. Companies should have as much control over devices as possible. Lack of control can lead to increased data breaches, privacy violations and exposure to viruses, malware and data theft.

Support challenges. IT help desks are often not equipped to support end-user issues with smartphones and tablets. Individuals will have to take more responsibility for troubleshooting personal devices, as it won't be feasible for the help desk to provide the same level of backup that they do for corporate devices.

To address these issues, contact Stability Networks and we can implement personal device security procedures that will keep your network safe from infection and protect data from being lost or stolen

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