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Enhanced convenience can create security issues.

Enhanced convenience can create security issues.

Today, what we consider our work environment has evolved and shifted. For many of us our office is our home and vice versa.

This is due largely to our collective segue to mobile devices.

Increased mobility has erased many boundaries that used to constitute where and how we can work.

The desktop computer has long fallen out of favor to the laptop computer—just as tablets have replaced laptops in many sectors.

Granted, if you are in the tech security industry, your servers are far from portable devices.  Yet your company’s employees bring with them a plethora of mobile devices, and with that, new security issues.

BYOD and how it can compromise security

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) has revolutionized the office setting.  Not only has it made it easier to work from home, but at a traditional office, notes can be taken at meetings, and emails can be sent from the palm of your hand.  But with this added convenience comes some serious issues.

No Company BYOD policy

Most companies have yet to establish a policy outlining personal device safety.  Some companies have created a policy, yet make exceptions for some employees.

Whether it’s the president of the company, or the latest intern, all mobile devices with sensitive data can be compromised; which means a blanket policy should be in place.

A BYOD ban is not the solution

Worried about security issues with mobile devices? The easy fix is just to do away with them altogether right? Wrong.  Mobile device use is so widespread that an outright ban is an exercise in futility.

Not only would productivity suffer with a ban, but the security issues would not go away entirely—it only takes one mobile device to open up a hacker’s portal.

Workaround Issues

Anytime a ban on devices is engaged, you’d better believe that employees will find a way around it. This “workaround” can lead to a security nightmare.

Many employees use insecure file-sharing programs or public cloud storage to house sensitive files. So clearly, an all-out ban is just as ineffective as it is dangerous.

Creating a policy that includes ongoing education on how to safely use  mobile devices in a work environment is the best plan to for a business to institute to help stave off potential security issues that BYOD can create.

EzFIM and Netboundary—Secure World Expo Dallas, 2013

This year’s Secure World Expo will cover a myriad of security-specific topics, including BYOD, Cyber Security, Big Data and PCI DSS just to name a few.

The expo starts this Wednesday, October 23rd and lasts through Thursday October 24th. Doors open to the public at 8:00 AM.

Be sure to swing by the EzFIM/Netboundary booth for a ton of cool swag as well as an opportunity to ask their team of tech experts any questions you may have in regards to file integrity monitoring and how EzFIM can protect your company’s sensitive data at a fraction of the cost of its competitors.

Can’t make it to the Secure World Expo? You can learn more about the finest in FIM by visiting the EzFIM website or by giving a tech expert a call at: 855-393-4666 or contact via email: info@ezfim.com.