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How to Better Manage B.Y.O.D (Bring Your Own Device) IT Risks

By Nextrio on October 26th, 2012 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedinmailby feather

Smartphones have become more than amusing diversions—businesses all over the country are discovering their potential for enhanced productivity. That said, the concept of “bring your own device”—also known as BYOD—comes with its fair share of risks. Luckily, you should be able to mitigate or eliminate these risks with clever IT management.  

Creating a policy

Before you permit employees to bring their smartphones to work, you should first lay down a specific set of rules. A good BYOD policy should indicate which devices employees can bring, which applications they’re permitted to use, and other important factors. Since creating a BYOD policy is tricky business, you should enlist the help of a skilled IT professional.

Preventing attacks

If you’re not careful, bringing in dozens of new devices can compromise your business’s security. Since your employees may also use their devices in their personal lives, there’s some risk of cyber-attacks. Still, you should be able to minimize these attacks with a strict security policy and effective security software.

Backing up data

Since smartphones, tablets, and other BYOD devices are portable, they’re in constant risk of breaking or getting lost. Once a BYOD device is compromised, the user could lose many important files. Luckily, a smart BYOD strategy and backup system can keep your data safe under any circumstances.

Revoking access

Though a BYOD strategy can be extremely beneficial, a device can also cause harm to your business if it falls into the wrong hands. In order to keep your important business data from your competitors, you should ensure every BYOD device is password protected. In some cases, you may even need to revoke access to devices independently.

Though the concept of BYOD may seem complicated, the IT experts at Nextrio can help your employees harness its power. We’ve been providing Tucson businesses with computer support services since 2002. If you call us today at (520) 232-5419, we’ll gladly lend our IT solutions to your business, too.