Bring your own device has become a huge trend in the business world. While it brings many benefits for the companies who decide to adopt it, BYOD also has its dark side. A security pitfall that threatens to swallow anyone who decides to be careless about it.
Since it’s an attractive business model, there is no doubt that you will try to consider it at some point. Before you do, you should definitely be prepared. This is why we have listed 5 huge BYOD security risks with some tips on how to address them, and prevent any damage coming to your business from this front.
Devices with Old Software
The BYOD business model means that your employees will be using their devices to access your corporate IT infrastructure and your corporate data. While you may have the latest updates, firewall and antivirus installed, the holes in the software on BYOD devices may be used by cybercriminals to access and gain control of your systems.
Not everyone cares equally about their smartphones and tables in terms of updating the operating system and applications. Even in the best case scenario, you will have at least one device with outdated software on your corporate network every day.
To address this issue, you should have a BYOD policy and system in check. You employees’ devices should be checked on a regular basis, to ensure that they are always running on the latest versions of OS and business apps.
Since smartphones and tablets are the weakest links in your entire security chain, you have to do everything in your power to prevent any data leaks. Businesses without IT departments to care for the security of the mobile devices are even more exposed to the risk of data leakage.
In order to address this risk, organizations have to communicate the importance of using antivirus software on mobile devices. Beside this, employees have to be educated about phishing attacks and all the consequences opening shady emails while on the company Wi-Fi has.
Companies should also consider backup procedures and develop plans for instances when data leaks occur. The risk of a data leak still remains the greatest threat for business success in 2018.
Outdated OS, apps, and poor password policies are not the only vulnerabilities that should be addressed. Cybercriminals are always working on developing the new means to access corporate systems. For instance, employees who use their devices to access open Internet hotspots outside the office may get malicious software on their devices. A software that is completely new and undetectable by the systems you have in place.
Personal and Business Software and Data
It’s a daunting task to make people who bring their own devices to work install and use only the software you want them to use. After all, these devices are not yours. You can communicate how important it is not to use personal apps while at work, but you cannot prevent those apps from connecting passively on your network to check for updates.
Beside this, there are keyboard loggers, worms, ransomware and other threats that may be lurking on your employees devices. If you decide to go full on BYOD, you should really consider using a software from Enterprise Mobility Management. This will put you in full control of the devices on your network and enable you to detect and lock out threats before they inflict any damage.
Stolen and Lost Devices
The last threat comes from devices that are stolen or lost. These may be used by attackers to get a hold of your passwords and sensitive data. This is why you have to absolutely make sure that all employees use some sort of screen lock and that all the devices are encrypted. You can even go one step further and enable remote wipe on BYOD devices, so that you can wipe them clean if they end up in the wrong hands.
There are several BYOD security risks. With so many new and random devices on your corporate network, you will be opening many doors for potential attackers. This is why you should educate yourself and adopt proactive BYOD security measures.