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BYOD Enterprise Implementation Mistakes to Avoid

Posted In Business, Security - By Techtiplib on Friday, June 27th, 2014 With No Comments »

With the widespread use of smartphones and tablets, BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, has become a popular trend in the workplace. Although the benefits generally include productivity gains and cost savings, if a BYOD plan isn’t implemented properly, a business could face huge security threats and problems with employees. Here are 6 huge mistakes to avoid when implementing a BYOD strategy.

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1. Not Performing a Device Wipe

Imagine an employee has corporate contacts and other sensitive information on their device and the device is either lost or stolen, or the employee leaves the company on bad terms. In any of these situations, you’ll want to have a safeguard in place that allows you to wipe all company data from the device remotely. However, it’s important to make sure that employees are made aware of this policy from the beginning, so they don’t lose and personal information from their device during the wipe.

2. Allowing for Non-Compliant Devices

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In a world of jail-broken iPhones and rooted Android devices, you need to have standards in place about what types of devices are allowed in your BYOD enterprise. Of course it would be easy to just require every employee to purchase BlackBerry devices, but you also shouldn’t put additional costs on your employees if they own other types of devices.

Non-compliant devices can pose a security threat by exposing sensitive information to virus and malware attacks. Be sure to restrict certain types of devices and confirm that mandatory apps are installed to protect corporate information.

3. Assuming all Apps are Safe

Never assume that an app is safe. It’s important to take this stance when considering downloading an app in a BYOD enterprise. Make sure that you do your research and restrict any apps that are known to cause problems. With all of your company’s sensitive data and information on your employees’ devices, you need to monitor which apps are being downloaded and create a list of approved and non-approved apps available for download.

You may find that a “one size fits all” policy doesn’t work for your company when it comes to app downloads. If this is the case, try a more flexible approach that fits with your corporate culture. You may want to have settings that would block a certain app’s usage in the workplace but nowhere else, helping raise employee satisfaction.

4. Not Setting Specific Guidelines

It’s nice to feel like you can trust your employees and not have to monitor their every move when it comes to BYOD, but you need to put guidelines in place to ensure productivity and your business’s security. A BYOD strategy is known for allowing greater employee freedom and flexibility, but too much freedom and flexibility can lead to hours of playing on social media instead of work. Set strict guidelines that apply to the person who owns the data, device, and software, and have the owner sign off on these guidelines.

5. Not Tracking Usage

When you track talk, text, data and roaming usage for your BYOD strategy, it’s much easier to uncover any misuse that may be occurring. Tracking usage is also a good way to monitor security exposures. Set up a strict policy and inform all employees so they become liable for any extra cost due to negligence. This is also a way to ensure that you aren’t paying out BYOD allowances for phones that aren’t even being used by your employees.

6. Too Much or Not Enough Security

This mistake can work both ways. You don’t want to be too lax when it comes to security, but you also don’t want to implement so many security settings that it reduces employee productivity and satisfaction. While authentication and passwords are great, make sure you’re monitoring devices regularly to prevent security threats. Obviously protecting company data is a huge priority when it comes to BYOD, so make sure that you find a balance that works for you and your employees.

With an estimated 70 percent of businesses expected to implement BYOD plans by 2018, it’s essential that you avoid these 6 mistakes. Keep your business running smoothly, while also protecting your security and maintaining employee satisfaction, by incorporating safeguards against these mistakes into your BYOD plan.

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