If any of your staff or customers use their own tablets, mobile phones, or laptops for accessing your system, then in order to keep your IT infrastructure secure, you will need some sort of mobile device management. This is because with BYOD (Bring Your Own Devices), the extra hardware can create problems for your company if it is not managed properly.
Problems with BYOD
BYOD can seem like a good idea initially. It saves you money as a company because you don’t need to purchase hardware, your staff is happy because they can be more flexible in their working arrangements, and they are also familiar with the device used, which saves them time.
Unfortunately, the use of non-company devices can leave you with problems if the management is not put in place to secure your systems adequately. The major issue is with security. It is likely that you have worked hard to put a secure system in place so that your IT infrastructure is not at risk from hackers, viruses, or ransomware.
Can you be sure that whenever an employee or customer accesses your system from their own device, that the security they have installed on their phone or laptop is working properly or kept up to date? A non-protected device will be the weak point in your overall system and could be the area where hackers either gain entry to your information, or it could accidentally introduce a virus.
You may also run into problems if a member of staff leaves the company for any reason. How can you be confident that they haven’t downloaded all your data to take with them, or use for nefarious purposes? And what if a device is lost or stolen? How will you prevent just anyone accessing any area of your company’s data that they want to?
How to Secure Your System
To ensure that your company data and processes are kept secure, you need to know which devices are accessing what parts of your system, and the easiest way to do this is to make use of a mobile device management system. You will need to make sure it covers remote configuration and monitoring, so that you can be sure only the devices you have authorised are allowed access to your data. Also, an ability to remotely disconnect or disable devices is essential in the event of accidental loss, or when you need to prevent a specific device from logging in to your system.
As far as compliance is concerned, thorough logging and reporting are essential, as is the ability to perform backups and the remote restoration of data, if required. For security purposes, it should also include a policy for control of passwords, and personal access and login capabilities.
There are many considerations when you need to keep your data secure, but tried and tested systems that take care of all these issues are automatically provided by IT services companies like CustomTec, with all the bells and whistles required to keep your company secure and running smoothly. If you have decided to embrace BYOD but are worried about mobile device management, then contact us today. We will be delighted to keep you and your company safe.