5 Things CIOs Need To Take Care With BYOD Security

BYOD has a different meaning from its usual definition, that is, “bring your own device”. It actually means every employee has the permission to connect their own devices, be it a smart phone or a tablet to the corporate network for the specified work to be done. At present BYOD is allowed by only one-third of the CIOs. There might be a chance that this trend might become common in the near future. It is high time to figure out ways and set policies to decide who does what and how it has to be carried in a way that the corporate data shouldn’t be at risk.

Small Acts of Carelessness might end up into a major Mishap

Storing of data on a local level by the employees using their own devices is a matter of security concern. These devices when exposed to household activities, for example, the kid uses his dad’s laptop might be a major threat on a significant level.

The BYOD program might tempt the employee to ignore some of the policies which are designed for security purpose. The companies should take a major step in emphasizing on the fact that specific rules do apply on people carrying their own gadgets. There is a more secure way to ensure a safer working. Allow the access to data only through web-based or mobile applications.

The device, be it a smart phone or a tablet or a laptop then just act as a medium which allows the employee to work with corporate data. This should be accompanied with an agreement that the users should not store data on their devices.

Infrastructural Advancement

The infrastructural advancement means that the focus should always be on how to increase the flow of data to fasten the work process. Whirlpool showed that the capacity to preserve data has to be increased and upgraded in order to manage more data. Issues like connectivity interruptions have also affected the process many times.

If the employees aren’t linked to central applications, then no work can be performed. To fix this problem, Whirlpool had asked the telecommunication providers to enhance their towers to upgrade the level of transmission for improved access.

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Selection of the BYOD population

There has a specific set of people or employees in every company to whom the BYOD access is permitted. People belonging to either legal or human resources who are bound to work with sensitive information are the preferred people to use the company registered machines. Basically, it is the mobile category of employees like managers, marketing staff etc, who usually are the perfect choice for BYOD scheme.

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Training is a must

Training the employees is a must in every company who opt for the BYOD program. Anyone who connects to the corporate network must be trained, be it in small groups or individually. The people who will use their own gadgets should be well aware of the BYOD policies. Employees should agree not to open various sites which might create a threat by spreading malware. This training comes useful to manage the data inflow and outflow.

Technology Allowance

Companies should offer reimbursement cost to the employees under the BYOD program. This is required as some of the gadgets might require a considerable investment.


All these points should be noted and worked upon so as to secure the data and other information. There might be many intricate flaws or mishaps which might lead to loss of confidential company data. The employees should be well aware of the policies and outcomes so as to preserve the work and data in a secure way.

Published on Apr 28, 2015
Harshit Agarwal
Written by Harshit Agarwal
Harshit Agarwal is the co-founder and CEO of Appknox, a mobile security suite that helps enterprises automate mobile security. Over the last decade, Harshit has worked with 500+ businesses ranging from top financial institutions to Fortune 100 companies, helping them enhance their security measures.
Beyond the tech world, Harshit loves adventure. When he's not busy making sure the digital realm is safe, he's out trekking and exploring new destinations.


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