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How to create a BYOD security policy

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If your company has decided to implement a BYOD scheme in the workplace then one of your major concerns will involve security. Opening up an IT system for personal devices that are also used away from the workplace can be a daunting task. In order to protect the security of the corporate or company network, certain guidelines must be adhered to. One of the most popular ways to combat the risk of security breaches is the creation of a Dell BYOD policy.

The policy will provide all of those who are participating in the BYOD scheme with a clear and concise set of rules. Employees should be given adequate support and training in relation to security. Following successful completion of the training, employees should be asked to provide a signature accepting responsibility and accountability for their actions.

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Approved devices and passwords

It is really important to create a list of approved devices. In previous times, Blackberry devices were the most common type of device used in the workplace. This provided simple configuration processes. However, with the birth of so many other personal devices such as: iPhones and Android smartphones, the choice of possible devices has increased significantly. It may be easier to define which devices are acceptable; this will help the IT department with regards to creating and maintaining an efficient platform.

Passwords are an essential part of any BYOD security policy. Whilst employees may not like prohibitive measures being placed on their own personal devices, passwords are a necessary security measure used to protect sensitive company information.

Apps and data issues

In the unfortunate event of a device being lost or stolen, it is imperative that steps have been taken to decide which party owns the installed apps and data. When a device is lost or stolen, the most common way to protect the integrity of personal information is to wipe the device and remove everything. As the device will be used for personal use together with work-related activities, much of the data and apps will be personal. Employees must understand the risks involved if the device is lost or stolen. In addition to this, there will undoubtedly be the need to restrict the type of apps that can be downloaded. Some apps can provide security risks and could put company information in jeopardy.

Siddartha is a Blogger from India. He is currently working as a Java Front End developer and he loves writing about tutorials, technology, algorithm, etc. You can follow him on Twitter | Facebook | Google+. You can subscribe to GadgetCage RSS Feed or Email Notifications.

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