BYOD Security Concerns and Solutions

Posted by Stefanie Kober Fri, 29 Jan 2016 07:40:00 GMT

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Enterprises and employees alike are realizing the benefits of BYOD (bring your own device) workplaces, such as cost effectiveness and convenience. However, as this phenomenon grows in popularity, there are many things that IT teams must keep in mind in order to keep business data safe, especially when it comes to security on mobile devices.

The Risks

The risks of BYOD workplaces include everything from mobile malware, to data breaches due to lost or stolen phones, to wireless man-in-the-middle attacks, to data exfiltration from the inside. Across the globe, thieves steal nearly 3.1million smartphones annually, making mobile device theft a top of mind issue for enterprises with BYOD policies. Even if simply misplaced, not stolen, an additional statistic augments this enterprise concern. According to an experiment conducted by Symantec, 96% of people who encounter a lost phone will attempt to access sensitive information on that phone, such as e-mail or various passwords.

The Answer

If sensitive information is never stored on a mobile device, it can’t be stolen from one. Enter HOBLink Mobile, the software solution that allows workers to securely access Microsoft Exchange servers for business purposes (e-mails, calendar, notes and contacts) on the go, from any smartphone. Employing a proprietary SSL module that encrypts data in transmission, HOBLink Mobile is the ideal security solution for BYOD workplaces. With this solution, employers need not worry about sensitive information falling in to the wrong hands if an employee misplaces a mobile device, or has his or her device stolen, because the information is never stored on the device.

If your workplace has BYOD policies, consider implementing a solution like HOBLink Mobile. Start by reading more on our website.
 

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