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BYOD: Best Practices Your Own Device (BYOD) is a phrase used to describe the act of employees bringing mobile technology with them into the corporate IT environment.  While there are both advocates and opponents of the phenomenon, everyone can agree on one thing: if you’re going to utilize BYOD, you must have procedures and protocols in place to maintain the security and integrity of all data.  The following are strategies that an IT department can implement if BYOD is introduced into the company.

  1. Manage passwords: User-generated passwords should not be utilized for BYOD.  Instead, IT departments should ensure that strong passwords are being used, just as they would ensure with laptops or desktop computers.
  2. Establish BYOD policies:  With BYOD policies, companies can provide their task force the necessary access and connectivity that BYOD allows, but also reduce the risk of a security breach.  This could include a list of acceptable devices and operating systems.
  3. Determine steps for stolen devices:  If a device with any company information on it is lost or stolen, it’s important that employees know the correct actions to take to ensure company information isn’t compromised.  Publish these as part of your BYOD policies.
  4. Specify application use:  Use application control strategies, and make sure your BYOD policies includes specific applications that are unacceptable, as well as those that are.
  5. Access controls:  Companies should enforce minimal access controls, and deny all applications, devices, and users, except for those that have been approved.

BYOD is here to stay, and research shows that by 2014, 80% of professionals will use at least two personal devices to access corporate systems and data.  Establishing a BYOD policy now will ensure that when the time comes for your company to integrate BYOD into its IT plan, employees and IT professionals alike will be prepared.

To learn more, visit the following site:

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Why It’s A Good Idea

David Wise

David Wise

Chief Executive Officer, Founder at AVOXI
David has more than 18 years of management experience in the telecommunications industry. A graduate of the Citadel, David worked as a Senior Account Executive with Intermedia Communications and later co-founded Rapid Link, a leading provider of International callback and VoIP. David then founded AVOXI in 2001with a focus on providing niche international call center markets with customized voice and data services. read more
David Wise
David Wise

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