Not every company has a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy that allows employees to use their smartphone and tablets to perform certain business functions in the workplace. Today, it’s no surprise that business owners and employees like the idea of accessing data they need from their smart devices.
Business owners face the challenge of protecting their networks by implementing endpoint security solutions:
In network security, endpoint security refers to a methodology of protecting the corporate network when accessed via remote devices such as laptops or other wireless and mobile devices. -webopedia
As such, every mobile device—and even sensors—have their own vulnerabilities to data breaches. Consequently, IT’s job is to secure each of these ‘endpoints’ connected to the company network: gateway software, as well as client software installed on each device.
Companies can follow a few basic steps to ensure ‘best practices’ workplace smart devices, as noted by CIO magazine:
Use a centralized console to view network information.
IT can already be stretched to the max with their duties, so having one console that shows all of the device configurations operating in the network makes their job easier. More importantly, a single console to monitor can also show the effects devices are having on the network at any given time.
Be ready to react quickly to the wrong devices on the network.
It’s important to have a written BYOD policy stating which operating systems will be allowed: Android and Apple, for example.
If an unauthorized device is accessing the network, stop its access immediately . . . and explain to the employee the dangers to the corporate network as well as to his own device; the latter relates to outdated security apps on the owner’s device.