Mitigating the Risks of BYOD

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) used to be an optional office policy. Now, with working from home seemingly becoming the norm, many employees have no choice but to work on their own devices, potentially exposing their companies to various online risks.

This sudden forced shift to BYOD means that company data is no longer being accessed strictly from office computers on a secure internal network, but instead from all sorts of personal devices whose owners may not adhere to certain cybersecurity best practices.

Here are a few of the risks, and what you can do about them.

1- Unpatched security vulnerabilities

Software and operating system updates don't just offer new features and optimizations, they also patch up security vulnerabilities that could be exploited by bad actors. Despite that, a lot of people insist on using outdated operating systems or simply neglect to check for updates and install them, leaving themselves exposed to threats.

Make sure everyone on your team is using the latest version of their operating system and regularly checking for software updates and installing them, on both mobile and desktop.

2- Sketchy apps and malware

Sometimes, what appears to be an innocent mobile app or file can actually be hiding something much more sinister. Once it finds its way onto a device, malware can be used to spy on it or even take control of it, which is bad enough when what's at stake is private personal data, but even worse when company data has been thrown into the mix too.

Everyone's free to install whatever they want on their own phones and laptops, but make sure they start thinking carefully before clicking that "Download" button.

3- Lost and stolen devices

While it's true that employees won't be going out and about as often as they used to, phones and laptops could potentially still get lost or stolen. If a device is always signed into a company email account, and can easily be unlocked, whoever finds it (or takes it) could gain access to a lot of sensitive data, all through this one device.

Everyone has a responsibility to protect their devices, because the more devices out in the world accessing company data, the more doors there are to it. Keep those doors guarded.

4- Weak and reused passwords

Even if employees are required to abide by certain password policies, there's nothing to stop them from setting weak passwords for work accounts; passwords that they're probably already using for their personal accounts too. If an employee's personal account gets compromised, there's a good chance one of their work accounts will be next.

One weak password could cost you everything.

With MYKI for MSPs, not only can you ensure that all your clients, and your own team, are using strong and unique passwords, you can also easily set up 2FA and manage user access to accounts.

Sign up for MYKI for MSPs today and start taking control of your digital identity.


Mitigating the Risks of BYOD
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