Issue No. 76November 2018
Some Technology BYOD Best Practices
Many employees are bringing their own devices to work, is the day and age in which we live. The list of best practices around this, to turn any Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) setup into a successful and secure endeavor, looks a lot like the list for any security guidelines. Below are some basic best practice tips for you and your company around BYOD:
- Train your staff on basic computer hygiene, such as avoiding tech support scams, steering clear of links to unknown sources, and never opening attachments from suspicious emails. In addition, make sure they’re aware of what to do and what not to do in the event of a breach.
- Create a fair policy that has been clearly communicated so that employees understand what is acceptable and what the consequences might be if they don’t comply.
- Encrypt file storage and communications to lessen the chances of vital information or data falling into the wrong hands.
- Ensure timely software updates for all. What’s the use of a system admin rushing to check, verify, and install updates when there are some devices roaming around that are a few patches behind.
- Use a VPN for off-site communications to rule out eaves-dropping and man-in-the-middle attacks.
There are pros and cons to BYOD scenarios—however, if a company’s IT team and workforce is prepared, many of these situations have a good chance to work out in the best interest of all involved.
Awareness of the possible implications is always a good starting point. Vigilance is security’s better half.
To learn more about other IT best practices for your business,
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