BYOD is great if we’re talking about bringing your own drink to a cosy local restaurant, but the aftermath of ‘bring your own device’, can be a lot more troublesome than a hangover. So here’s a quick guide to avoiding your very own BYOD IT hangover.

More and more companies are allowing their employees to bring their own devices into the office. While this can lead to happier employees and significant savings on IT costs, it can also unleash a wave of computer security problems unless you manage these devices carefully. While every office is different, there are a number of common sense steps that you can take to ensure that your employees’ devices don’t cause havoc on your network. Here are a few steps that you should take to avoid a cyber security headache.

Educate your employees

It’s all too easy to fall into the trap of thinking that everyone knows about the most common IT security risks. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. Before you allow employees to connect their devices to your network, make sure they know about the most common cyber security pitfalls. There are a number of online learning courses that can help them with this or you could decide to arrange a training day in your office. It’s also important to make sure you refresh this training regularly as threats evolve and memories fade.

Set up a separate network

If at all possible, don’t let your employees connect their devices to the same network as your company’s computers, especially if they’re connecting phones or other devices that are solely used for personal purposes. By creating a separate, walled-off network, you reduce the risk of any security breaches impacting your own IT systems. This is especially important if you store any customer or employee data on your computers as the consequences of a data protection breach can be very severe.

Keep things up to date

Many of us are guilty of ignoring software updates and constantly clicking the ‘Remind me Later’ button. This cannot be the case when your employees connect their own devices to your network. Unless they’re running the latest version of their operating system, with all relevant security updates, don’t allow them to connect their device to your network. This may seem like a harsh approach, but it’s a good way of protecting your systems from damage.

Taking these steps does not guarantee that you won’t face any BYOD cyber security issues but it will help you to avoid some common pitfalls and problems that are associated with new devices logging on to your network. Contact Nimbus CS if you would like us to help in controlling your BYOD issues.

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