Security strategies while embracing BYOD policy


Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has only opened new opportunities for businesses but has also exposed businesses to various challenges.

It has become crucial for the CISOs of various organizations to evaluate the risks, opportunities, and threats of embracing the BYOD model in their operations without compromising on security. Enterprises that aim to bridge the accessibility gap can enable access to the business network, IT infrastructure, and other applications from any authorized device need to have effective security strategies enforced.

Here are the following strategies that businesses can consider to enable access to the business network and application without compromising on security:

Make a comprehensive inventory of all the devices and enforce stringent security policies

Before enterprises embark on the journey to embracing the bring-your-own-device framework and enabling access to company resources from anywhere, it is crucial to design and implement stringent security guidelines. Personal devices usually have less complicated and easy-to-remember passwords, which can expose the business network and applications to various threats and vulnerabilities. CISOs need to evaluate their operations and compliance policies to determine the least security requirements that every device should have before they are added to the business network. SecOps teams can enforce policies like data encryption and stringent password management policies to strengthen security.

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It is essential for CSOs to make transparent data storage policies to distinguish whether the data can be stored online or offline. The security tech stack and policies should have flows set to monitor the user’s inactivity and take necessary action once the system is idle. Moreover, businesses with a bring-your-own-device model need to have strategies in place to wipe all the sensitive data from the device if the system is lost or stolen. Based on the industry standards, businesses need to determine stringency and vigilance standards in the industry.

Set user guidelines

CISOs, before embracing a BYOD model in their business operations, need to design and implement stringent user policies and tools that enable them to secure the business network from various viruses and malware infiltrating from unsecured websites and applications.

he IT teams and managed service providers need to work cohesively to define stringent user policies. SecOps teams need to define all the applications that users can access from their personal devices based on their job role. There should be stringent guidelines that state which websites can be accessed when the business is connected to the business network. Moreover, it is crucial to set stringent rules or penalties for users that are not able to adhere to the compliance policies. Enforcing too many restrictions on the personal device of the organization will not help to successfully implement the bring-your-own-device model. Businesses need to keep track of all the employees on their resignation and termination to avoid any risks to the sensitive data. It is crucial to restrict access to all the applications on the business network once the employee has quit or been terminated.

Modernize the security tech stack to manage the BYOD framework

While embracing a BYOD model, businesses need to upgrade their security tech stack to maintain security while enabling access to any device. Implementing Mobile Device Management (MDM) Software in the enterprise tech stack will help businesses to track, manage and configure all the bring-your-own-devices from a centralized server. This approach helps businesses to enforce stringent security settings and software configurations on all devices before granting them access to the business network.

Organizations that want to reduce administrative costs by embracing the bring-your-own-device model need to have effective strategies enforced to strengthen the security posture by enabling accessibility.

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Swapnil Mishra is a seasoned business news reporter with a passion for cybersecurity and IT security. After watching Edward Snowden's documentary "Citizen 4", Swapnil became fascinated with the importance of privacy not just for individuals but also for institutions, including countries as well as businesses. Since then, she has started writing about data privacy, threat hunting, risk assessment, and other important cybersecurity topics. In her articles, Swapnil focuses on the latest cybersecurity threats and trends, and she emphasizes the need for businesses and organizations to take a proactive approach to cybersecurity. She believes that cybersecurity is not just an IT issue, but a business issue that requires collaboration between different departments and stakeholders. Swapnil's reporting often highlights the potential consequences of cyber attacks, including financial losses, reputational damage, and legal repercussions. She stresses the importance of a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy that includes risk assessments, employee training, incident response plans, and continuous monitoring. She has a keen eye for detail and a knack for breaking down complex technical concepts into easy-to-understand language. When she's not writing about cybersecurity, Swapnil enjoys gardening, reading, traveling, and watching cat videos.