The Threat of Employee-Owned Devices

Employees using their own mobile devices for work may seem like a good idea at first itís less expense for you, the employer, and they can also make employees more productive. However, it also means that you are allowing potentially unsecure devices to access your companyís data. The solution? An effective IT security policy that balances personal freedom to use these devices and your need to secure important business information.

As technology continues to become more affordable and accessible to consumers, itís an inevitable fact that employers will see more and more of their employees using their own personal devices such as laptops and mobile phones to access the companyís IT system.

This can be a dangerous thing. Since these devices arenít company owned and regulated, you have limited access and control over how they are used. Employees could download all sorts of malware and viruses on their devices and pass the infection along to your IT system when they access it.

The solution: a comprehensive IT security policy. Itís important that you find a compromise between the freedom of the employee to use the device as desired and your need to keep your IT system safe from viruses and other threats to your dataís security. Steps such as having employees run mobile device management (MDM) software on their devices is one of many actions you can take to lessen the risk of security breaches. You may also want to implement applications and software that check and screen for malware, both for laptops and mobile devices. And donít forget that while Android seems to have a bigger problem with malicious software, Apple isnít exactly virus-free, either.

Employees have a right to use their personal devices as they see fit, but not at the expense of important company information stored in your IT system. Running a tight ship in terms of security is an effective way to protect your business interests and your sensitive company data. If you are interested in knowing more about developing a concrete and effective IT security policy for personal device use as well as general system access, please donít hesitate to give us a call so we can sit down with you and discuss a custom security blueprint thatís just right for you.



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