The Risk of BYOD in The Workplace

BYOD in the workplace

The target of a child’s devious curiosity or hate can never be properly deduced. This is all it takes for your business to become overrun with a virus and shut down or exploited. Yes, the child would have to be genius and highly technologically inclined, but this is a reality. An adolescent could hack your phone just because you happened to be on the same public network as them. Teenagers could take down your business with a DDos attack that’s simple enough to implement through unsecured devices. This is all hypothetical, but possible to an extent that businesses should be aware of BYOD practices that take security to levels of vulnerability that have yet to be seen. When businesses let their employees on their private network they invite viruses, malware, and unwanted guests with fake login credentials. If you’re using your phone for work, BYOD  should be tight.


Implementing a Strict BYOD Policy

A unified approach to threat detection is often necessary for employers that have sensitive customer information on their network. Employees, and not the employers, are the ones driving the practice that has saved time and money for the companies allowing it. If your device is compromising company data that is proprietary or valuable enough to be stolen for sale, then you’re not saving any money if a security breach occurs and data is lost. Customers will be unhappy and brand reputation will be diminished. Financial data is usually secured by the corporations that handle the transactions, but things like addresses, phone numbers, or passwords can be stolen and exploited. Making employees aware of threats and requiring that they download apps for threat detection and remote wipes are good policies.


You Can’t Make Them Stop Texting

Employers can’t make their employee get off their phones no matter how hard they try. They will keep texting and eventually some companies fold under the status quo of mindless device junkies to allow them to use their phones for work. If you’re an employer and you’ve submitted to BYOD demands from your employees then you should at least require they abide by a policy you put in place to secure your network. One infected device is all it takes to shut down your site for weeks, halting your business and incurring losses that could mean death if your sole revenue is online sales or site traffic. Malicious software is often purposeless and intrusive for the single pleasure of a hacker delighting in taking your site down as a practical joke. People with those types of skills may have normal IT jobs when they graduate middle school, but for now, a new generation raised on mobile devices are paving the way for new security threats.





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Blake is a writer who specializes in content writing and novel-length fiction.

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