Bring your own device (BYOD) to work is becoming increasingly popular among businesses. So, what are the risks? Are the benefits worth making your network vulnerable? That’s what we’re going to dig into with this short blog series. This is the third of four articles on BYOD.
No matter how you look at it, bringing your own device into work will always be a potential security risk. This is why it’s important to have a plan. Having a policy for BYOD is the first step to getting your company on track and minimizing potential risk.
There are many things to evaluate when creating a policy.
Here are some discussion starters:
- Since it’s their device, you can’t control where they connect from on their personal time but you can restrict what they connect to on your network. It’s important to carefully evaluate the areas of your network that can accept the risk and those that cannot.
- Consider implementing a virtual desktop environment. A virtual desktop environment would offer the most secure environment for BYOD. Employees would still have access to the whole network while maintaining secure connectivity.
- Utilize an SSL-VPN such as SonicWALL’s Mobile Connect application for both Android and iOS platforms. This allows full access to the network but requires everything to go through the firewall, thereby minimizing threats.
- Implement a SonicWALL secure wireless zone that’s separate from the local network. There are many options to restrict or grant access with a SonicWALL secure wireless zone. You can enable complete access to the network or restrict what those devices have access to, such as only allowing access to email.
- How sensitive is the data that your employees have access to? If they download it to their device and then lose the device, how will that affect your business?
- What will the consequences be (if any) to your employees if they do not abide by the guidelines?