Remember, every device added to your network increases complexity, so standardizing the types of devices you allow can significantly simplify management on your end. One idea is to limit the scope to certain manufacturers or operating systems known for their security features or compatibility with the company’s existing infrastructure.
The age and update status of your employees’ devices are also critical aspects to consider, as obsolete devices can present potential security vulnerabilities. Your BYOD policy must mandate that all devices used for work be kept up to date with the latest software and security patches.
Apply Strict Security Policies on BYOD Devices
Implementing a secure BYOD policy will require you to put into place stringent security measures. Because every device that connects to your network represents a potential security risk, it’s essential to enforce strict security requirements for each device under your BYOD policy.
The use of strong, unique passwords should be a fundamental requirement. You also should require multifactor authentication to add an extra layer of security. Devices should be encrypted to protect their stored data, and a secure, encrypted connection, such as a virtual private network, should be used for any sensitive data transfers.
All of the above is basic data security hygiene, but employees aren’t necessarily accustomed to having such rules applied to their own personal devices. They may bristle, but if they wish to connect those devices to your network, you can’t waver.
Make sure your employees know that anti-virus software and firewalls must be kept up to date and undergo weekly scans. Your policy should explicitly state that employees are responsible for maintaining the security of these devices.
Your policy must also include protocols in case your employees lose their devices. This should ideally include the ability to remotely wipe devices to prevent unauthorized access to company data.
Additionally, you should consider compliance requirements, especially if your business operates in heavily regulated industries such as healthcare or finance. For example, consider laws like the Digital Operational Resilience Act, a binding data security and risk management framework for the financial sector. Technically, DORA applies to the European Union, but most financial services companies are global and will have to follow its mandates.