BYOD (bring your own device) has hit a tipping point in corporate America. More employers are letting their employees bring their devices to work as time progresses and society becomes more tech-centric. Employers are now allowed to bring smartphones, laptops, tablets and additional technologies to work. If your organization permits BYOD, you should be aware of the potential pitfalls. BYOD poses plenty of security challenges. Every office has smoke alarms to reduce the potential damage of a fire; yet, many do not have a BYOD policy to prevent damage from stolen or improperly accessed data. If your organization does not have a comprehensive BYOD policy in place or if your policy has proven ineffective, our IT services team in Tulsa can help.
The Importance of BYOD Policies
BYOD enhances employee satisfaction and has the potential to increase productivity; yet, it also poses significant risks. The question is what level of risk your organization is willing to tolerate in order to provide employees with the digital freedom they crave. Keep in mind many employees will prove just as comfortable working on mobile computers as they will on workplace desktop computers. It is now possible to work on-the-go while traveling so there is no reason to completely ban the use of mobile devices for work.
For all the good provided by mobile devices, there is the risk for a single breach to offset potential productivity benefits. This is precisely why every organization should have a robust BYOD policy. Otherwise, sensitive data and expensive systems will be put at risk. It is even possible a breach will take down your business.
How to Combat Digital Threats
The combination of strong oversight, employee awareness, and helpful mobile device management solutions will make BYOD work in your favor rather than against you. The notion of creating a BYOD policy might seem intimidating yet it is certainly feasible with the assistance of our IT services team in Tulsa. Lean on us to bolster your BYOD strategy and you will find BYOD works in your organization’s favor as opposed to working against you.
Elite MSPs gauge employees’ mobile habits and use, advise, and implement solutions to boost mobile security and create a BYOD policy that truly educates employees. As an example, a surprising number of employees are willing to use the same passwords repeatedly, year after year. Some employees use the names of family members or pets for passwords. A sensible BYOD policy addresses this issue by barring employees from using the same password for an extended period of time. Furthermore, employees should understand the importance of working with the protection of firewalls and the dangers of unencrypted networks.
Do not let one more day go by without a comprehensive BYOD policy. At JMARK Business Solutions, Inc., we will help you form a flawless BYOD policy, educate your team, and ultimately reduce the chances of improper access to your valuable data. Contact us today to learn more about how our IT services team in Tulsa can help your business.