BYOD ‘has to be managed correctly’

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Failure to properly monitor devices can lead to security risks

When any fresh working practice begins to establish itself among companies, there’s always the challenge of enjoying the benefits while also dealing with the possible drawbacks of a new system.

And given its growing popularity in recent years, the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend is no exception, as firms face the task of allowing employees to use their personal gadgets without having their network security compromised as part of the process.

So in order to deal with the issue, Koby Amedume, EMEA marketing director at Kaseya, believes that ensuring devices are appropriately monitored is an effective way of tackling the threat of having data exposed by careless or underprepared employees.

"While the modern organisation must embrace this new, mobile-centric way of working and enable its workforce to use the devices it wants, where it wants, the question remains – how do enterprises make this happen effectively and securely," he said.

"If handled incorrectly, haphazard and inconsistent mobile device management ensues, as well as greater exposure to security risks."

With "the right solutions, policies and guidance" highlighted as the best means of safeguarding company data when employees are accessing sensitive information on their devices, it seems that a proactive approach is going to put businesses in a better position than a reactive one.

What’s more, given that the Olympics are less than 20 days away, now is as good a time as any to prepare for workers connecting to the network from a wide range of different locations, and it’s important that they can retrieve certain sets of information during the period.

A digital mailroom could be one way to improve the connectivity among staff and enable them to access data that has been properly secured and is only available to people who have been granted the appropriate levels of clearance.

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