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Are you enforcing cyber-security to mitigate BYOD risks?

The global BYOD & enterprise mobility market is estimated to grow to USD 360.07 billion by 2020. And while increased productivity and employee satisfaction are driving the adoption, cybersecurity remains one of the biggest roadblocks against BYOD.

As more and more offices offer telework options and embrace bring-your-own-device policies, security vulnerabilities crop up, too.

One in five organizations suffered a mobile security breach caused by malware or employees connecting to malicious Wi-Fi networks using their corporate-owned device, according to a study.

What’s even more worrisome is that 48% of organizations don’t know if or when their mobile devices connect to a risky Wi-Fi network. This shows system administrators face real issues when it comes to complete visibility over their networks. Monitoring the entire network, every device, every port on a 48-port switch, every interface on a server is a dream and an expensive one, too.

The roots of BYOD problems

Small businesses tend to disregard BYOD as a potential danger for their company. This negligent attitude originates from theconfusion of who is accountable for securing personal devices. Despite existing security policies, employees and organization leaders seem to point fingers at each other, absolving themselves from security responsibilities while blaming the other party.

Also, as organizations become increasingly mobile, users are pushing the bounds of corporate policy by bringing their own products and services inside the company – file-sharing applications and services originally designed for consumers, for instance, are one of the main causes of corporate data leakage.

Other risks derive from the process of jailbreaking a device, namely, removing the security restrictions imposed by the vendor to gain access to unofficial third-party applications, for instance. However, unless the user, who now boasts admin level permissions, is self-reliant when it comes to security, the devices and hence, the company network he is connecting to, may be exposed.

Employees can also expose corporate data by failing to apply software security updates on their devices. These known vulnerabilities can serve as a gateway to the company network.

How organizations can enhance security?

Rogue IT is a complex issue, it relies on people, processes and technologies.

Companies should increase control over their file-sharing policies, practices, and technologies, but should do so in ways that don’t limit employee productivity or satisfaction. Ideally, companies should provide secure and easy-to-use in-house solutions to host files and other services, which are equally user-friendly as well as cost effective.

Apart from policies, employers should consider partitioning work-related content from personal content on personal devices. Containers, dual persona and application wrappers all provide application-level protection for sets or individual, applications.

Regular checkups of potential cyber-risks are also a must.

Tools such as mobile device management (MDM) software enable corporate control over a fleet of devices. They let IT administrators troubleshoot and manage employee mobile devices remotely.

Assessing security vulnerabilities inside a network plays a crucial part in your IT security. Network vulnerability scanners can scan your network and websites for thousands of security risks, producing a prioritized list of those you should patch, describe the vulnerabilities, and outline steps to remediate them. Some can even automate the patching process.

Cybersecure provides a proven and cost-effective security solution for cloud-managed security.