Most employees will happily subscribe to a BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device system in the workplace. Using one mobile for both business and pleasure is often more efficient, but it also presents security risks which many organisations forget to address.
Firstly, data ownership can become very murky when business and personal files are mixed together, it’s the organisation’s responsibility to protect the data stored on it. For example, if an employee’s tablet is stolen, and a criminal subsequently gains access to sensitive details, it will be the employer receiving a heavy ICO fine, not the employee.
Malware in mobiles is another problem: 38% of mobile users have experienced mobile cybercrime, yet only 50% take even basic security precautions. So, to protect your company data from theft and fraud, a BYOD policy is something every business should consider.
For best practice, your BYOD policy should at least cover the following points:
• What comes under “acceptable use” of devices containing company information?
• Are there any types of data which should not be processed on personal devices?
• How and when should company data be permanently deleted from personal devices?
A robust BYOD policy anticipates any issues, and ensures that the responsibilities of employees and employers are fully transparent. To avoid fines, maintain compliance, and safeguard data on mobiles, tablets, and laptops, a BYOD policy is absolutely essential.
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