BYOD Security Implications

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With the increasing demand for flexible working, there is a shift from using company owned devices to employees bringing their own devices to work location. Bring your own device( BYOD) known as workforce mobility is one of the greatest issues for CEO’s as it involves huge amount of data loss and data protection.

Although BYOD possess greater flexibility and productivity, it has caused a shift in IT model where personal devices are interfacing with company confidential data. HawksCode Softwares Pvt. Ltd, London, UK is working on services of BYOD. Although our BYOD services carries lot of benefits to the employee but there are number of security risks associated with it. Some of the risks are given below:-

Data Leakage

As our workforce dependency increases on mobile devices, it opens the gate of data leakage. Mobile phones and tablets are the most vulnerable sources when it comes to security and are very much prone to attacks. It requires regular patch updates for which employees are solely responsible.

Exploits Vulnerabilities

– Chief information Officer are having less control on the mobile devices used in the organisation which makes them more vulnerable to attacks. Employees are downloading the apps and connected to external Wi-Fi without having the proper security protocols in place. As per survey conducted, more than 90 per cent of the employees do not have proper security safeguards installed in their devices which create serious security issues and it can be exploited by hackers. In addition to its employees might not have anti-virus protection or don’t have up to date firewall present on their mobile devices.

Mixing personal and corporate data

One of the most important security challenges is coping with storage of personal and company’s confidential data on the same machine so employees should be considerate in securing the data. One of the biggest threats to mobile devices is malware that is installed unknowingly by user. Keyboard logging is another technique used by hackers to know login ID and password credentials.

Poorly Cared for devices

– Biggest risk in this area occurs when employee’s device is lost or stolen. More than half of security breaches occur when devices are stolen so its company’s major responsibility is to implement data encryption tactics to ensure that device is secure against threats. Those employees who don’t keep their devices up to date are at further risk of being targeted by hackers. This includes mobile operating systems as well as apps installed on the device.

IT Infrastructure

BYOD requires Chief Information Officer to make modifications to the current infrastructure so that it is compliant with BYOD. CIO should know which applications are being used by their employees to extract company’s confidential data. Company’s need to ensure that data is not only protected but it is well complied with current infrastructure.