The idea behind bring your own device (BYOD) programs – and the benefits it provides to employees – is sound, and mobile device management (MDM) has helped to address common security issues.
What Are The Security Risks of BYOD and MDM?
BYOD, which lets employees bring their own familiar devices and work from them, encouraged mobility and flexibility, while reducing spending on work-only devices. MDM was originally designed as a way to better protect these devices as well. Your clients, however, may be worried about these potential issues:
Data on devices is at risk. Since the devices leave with the employee, the business’ ability to lock up for the night and keep devices contained therein is gone. Risk to the data contained on employee devices increases to match, especially as employees take the devices home or elsewhere.
Devices as a stage to wider network access. Unauthorized access to the network can result in data loss, yes, but it can also result in data tampering or a compromised network that may have to shut down. The more potential points of entry, the greater the risk.
When access works both ways. Companies might elect to bring MDM in to protect against those last two, but in so doing might be opening themselves up to further attack. The same systems that allow a device to be remotely wiped can serve as a trail back to the wiper. A company called Skycure demonstrated how the “malicious profile attack” could be used to break into a system remotely and effectively take control of large amounts of data.
How Can You Help Your Clients Protect Themselves Against Mobile Security Risks?
Protecting against BYOD and MDM attacks starts with greater vigilance and the right tools, such as Granite Telecommunications’ mobility solutions. These are designed to better address the potential security flaws in a BYOD program or MDM protection measures. Whether it’s an app discovery portal, mobile applications management, support for managing profiles, or more, these solutions can help your clients deliver top-notch protection for mobile devices.
To get started with Granite mobility, contact eXemplify today.