BYOD: Threats to My Network Through Mobile Devices

BYOD isn’t a fading trend. It’s here to stay. And Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies in today’s business world are growing in acceptance faster than our mobile devices change. What does this mean for your enterprise IT network? Challenges, challenges, challenges to be sure. But perhaps it also means an opportunity to be in the forefront of IT security innovation--by implementing solutions that work.

What are the proven solutions? It’s vital for your organization and your own job security to know the threats which mobile devices can bring to your network so that you can install solutions that work to protect you and your company in today’s world where cloud computing, social networking and mobile devises collide.

Below are three threats you may face regarding BYOD and ways to start thinking about how to keep your data safe.

1. Not Having a Good BYOD Policy in Place

Having a poor or nonexistence BYOD policy for your organization is maybe the biggest threat. So let’s start there. 

It’s vital in today’s mobile age to create strong guidelines around BYOD and implement a corporate policy that everyone must adhere to. You must have mobility policies in place so that employees understand the dangers to IT security and can adhere to best practices. Make sure your policy is clear, and has easy to act on signals to warn when someone isn’t taking BYOD threats seriously. 

It can be difficult to develop policies, implement them and then train employees—but it is the only way to make sure your increasingly mobile workforce isn’t posing more risks to your organization.

2. Having Outdated ID Enforcement Processes

The age of mobile has proven that today’s standard mechanisms of user names, IDs and passwords is a bit outdated. Your organization should be using a centralized way to control and manage your application access and all workers’ user identities to avoid breaches to your network.

The convergence of mobile, social and cloud threaten traditional IT security and strain outdated password mechanisms. It’s important to upgrade to a new way of limiting access to applications and then build and enforce stronger enforce policies built around them. It is the only way to know for sure that your users are who they claim. And it can avoid the dangers of a disastrous breach. 

3. Not Monitoring Apps

Who new the next Angry Birds could potentially be the next big threat to enterprise IT? While app markets that are authorized (like Apple and Google) are generally safe, it is not hard for someone to obtain unauthorized apps from scanning a QR code and then unleashing hidden malware into your network. 

Android is probably the worst of the big three in today’s market for providing security threats. Thankfully, Android is starting to vet the apps it puts to market better. But there’s still a ways to go. If you are concerned about apps in your business, there are many solutions that can help you analyze how safe they are. Some have even created their company’s own app store.

And always remember that network visibility is key. You have to know which devices are on your network so you can better analyze its traffic and better control your company’s IT infrastructure. There are many IT services and mobile security and management tools that can help.  But before you know what solutions will serve you best, it’s smart to know your priorities and develop a plan to manage the many devices in your company’s workforce.

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