Through the use of a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy, businesses can significantly increase employee productivity. However, this is only possible if the policy is comprehensive and works for all employee devices. When developing your own policy, it’s helpful to ask preliminary questions in order to determine the needs of your business. We’ve compiled a list of four questions to ask when creating a BYOD policy to help with the process.
Who has access?
The ability to confirm that the employee making use of the policy has the authorization to do so is paramount. To accomplish this, you can require employees to answer a series of security questions or log in using multiple password gateways. Include a single sign-on to verify the user’s identity as part of the Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution’s authorization process.
What devices are being used?
Like users, devices that are a part of the BYOD policy must also be verified. Access by unauthorized devices as well as by jail-broken authorized devices should be prevented by your EMM solution. These devices bring security risks to your organization which have the potential to create financial, data, and credibility loss.
Can the devices be wiped or disabled remotely?
Many network security tools provide the ability to wipe a device’s data remotely in the event that it is compromised. However, it is important to be aware that the way this feature is implemented, as well as the amount of IT involvement needed, differs from tool to tool.
Are any files viewed on the mobile device ever stored on the device?
With some mobile devices, when a remote session ends, any trace of the files viewed are removed from the device’s storage and memory. However, with others, files can potentially be accessed by an app that has already been downloaded to the device. With this information, you can determine the level of security measures needed for the employee devices.
The benefits of BYOD go out the window if it isn’t implemented correctly. Because of this, it’s essential to get all the information you can before enforcing a company-wide policy. Consider these questions when developing your strategy to create the best BYOD policy for your organization.
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