With the new digital age in full swing, everyone wants to be connected. No truer is this than in the workplace, where bring your own device (BYOD) plans allow employees to use their personal devices. However, some companies do not allow this practice due to rising security risks and threats.
The BYOD dilemma has given IT teams and security contractors plenty to worry about. While some companies are curtailing BYOD freedoms, others are continuing with this trend and are not paying close attention to the consequences. According to Executech, an IT Services firm, nearly 95% of data breaches involve BYOD, and usually stem from well-meaning employees who are unaware of the risks of personal device usage.
Companies that don’t heed the risks of BYOD might be leaving themselves open to security vulnerabilities. From remote access and phishing to compromised devices, IT departments need to prepare for increasingly complex BYOD challenges.
Detecting Data Breaches and Intrusion
With the rise of data breaches, many businesses are implementing breach-detection programs. While these apps cannot predict new strands of malware and viruses, they are able to detect and contain any unauthorized access to hardware, software, and infrastructure. These technologies set perimeters and do not allow malicious programs inside.
While breach detection products may not be able to fully curtail breaches in a BYOD environment, companies can develop formidable corporate firewalls. These are designed to:
- Detect and prevent any malicious programs trying to invade company infrastructure (malware, adware, viruses, phishing scams, etc.)
- Correlate with existing anti-virus applications to stop intrusions via real-time alerts; all forms of security breaches are logged in, recorded, and sent to IT teams for correspondence with security contractors and/or law enforcement personnel (cybercrime units)
- Limit outbound access via employees who simply do not know any better
In the end, it is up to the business to weigh the potential risks of BYOD in the workplace. While it’s crucial to have happy employees, policies should also minimize security vulnerabilities as much as possible.