White Paper

Seven Steps for Crafting an Effective BYOD Policy

Corporations are rapidly adopting "Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)", encouraging their employees, contractors and other users to use their own laptops, tablets and smart phones for business. While the businesses enjoy increases in productivity and reduced costs of acquisition/management of computers and phones, this trend also opens these organizations up to greater security risks from rogue devices, malware and unauthorized data access.

Products and solutions have emerged that claim to "solve the BYOD problem", however these are usually extremely expensive and solve a small BYOD scenario. The best way to tackle BYOD security challenges without clamping down on end user devices is with steps that have a low cost and low risk but are highly effective in managing unmanaged devices.

This white paper describes the seven steps that help organizations reap the benefits of BYOD and also secure their critical internal assets from the risk of unmanaged devices, including:

  • Analyze the business risk
  • Look beyond the end points
  • Use layers of defense
  • Integrate BYOD policies with other security measures
  • Trust but verify
  • Re-assess risk and policies regularly
  • Leverage collective threat intelligence

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