BYOD Policy Requirements: Meeting Your Security Regulations
At this stage in the trend, it is simply unacceptable for your organization to not have a developed Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy.
After all, the statistics prove BYOD’s prevalence in every industry across the board. Consider these highlights from Syntonic’s BYOD research:
- The vast majority (87%) of organizations rely on employees using their own personal devices to access business apps.
- Yet only 59% have a formal BYOD policy in place.
- 64% of employees use their personal device for work regardless of whether there is a policy in place.
- Employees spend an estimated 6.7 hours using their personal devices for work purposes outside of work hours.
Additionally, the BYOD market itself is on its way to reaching nearly $367 billion by 2022, up considerably from 2014’s $30 billion.
While most BYOD policy requirements are created to give your employees more freedom, certain industries require strict control over access and sharing company data.
Even the most regulated industries are now able to enjoy a BYOD environment through strict regulation of profiles, adherence to antivirus updates, and strong policies regarding applications.
Here’s how you can get started.
Requirements to Support a BYOD Policy
Let’s look at the security statistics on BYOD:
- According to Trend Micro, unsecured BYOD policies left organizations open to data breaches:
- 60% of organizations do not remove any business data from ex-employee devices.
- 50% of organizations that allow BYOD were breached via employee-owned devices.
- 40% of the total large data breaches were caused by lost or stolen devices.
- Additionally, Druva paints a bleak picture of unsecured employee devices:
- Only 7% of the 70 million devices lost or stolen each year are recovered.
- 15% of employees have accessed sensitive company data from non-work sanctioned devices.
- 65% of organizations cannot wipe devices remotely.
It is imperative that your BYOD policy meets your security regulations.
Creating a BYOD Policy with the Proper Security Elements
Because widespread BYOD policy is still a fairly recent organizational policy, there is no one framework for creating your policy. Ultimately, you must adopt a policy that most represents your company’s values while maintaining maximum security.
After all, constant security monitoring and updating are required if you don’t want your industry secrets walking out the door.
Below, we outline the security practices that you will need to take in order to support your BYOD Policy Requirements.
Security Policies that Organizational BYOD Policies Typically Include
- Acceptable Use Policies: Define what business applications and assets are employees permitted to access via a personal device.
- Security Control Minimums: Define the minimum security controls that your IT department will have over personal devices.
- Company Assets: Define the assets that your organization will provide to employees. This includes items like SSL certificates.
- Company Rights: Define what permissions your organization has over personal devices that access business assets. This includes actions like remote wiping for stolen or lost devices.
Additional Security Practices that Support Your BYOD Policy Requirements
- High-quality antivirus programs, running the most up-to-date signatures, with real-time updates and firewall protection.
- Encrypted hard drives and devices with password protection.
- Manual checks for potentially missed viruses.
- Consider establishing a virtual desktop that itself exist on your physical servers, but still acts like a virtual desktop that can be accessed only through tight sets of security (locally).
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