In the BYOD era, data leakage and mobile malware are top concerns for IT pros, but crafting a strong mobile device policy and distributing that information to users can mitigate some of the risks.
Although writing a mobile device policy isn't the most exciting task, it's an important one. These policies can prevent some serious problems, such as sensitive corporate data leaking or a virus making its way onto your network. There are different policies that can help head off problems, such as bring your own device (BYOD), mobile device security and acceptable use policies. When employees know what's expected of them, they're less likely to break the rules.
Of course, policies themselves don't stop workers from violating regulations, so you'll need ways to enforce those rules, such as mobile device management (MDM) and other tools. Take a look at these tips for writing successful policies, learn about more advanced facets of enforcement and watch experts weigh in on the importance of writing down regulations in the consumerization age.
1. Getting started
Companies that allow workers to use mobile devices should have rules around security and use. Whether devices are corporate or personally owned, users need to know what they can and can't do with them, and how those expectations will be enforced. While this is a pretty simple concept, the act of writing security, mobile device, BYOD and acceptable use policies can seem daunting. Check out these how-to tips to learn the basics of policy writing.
2. Helpful hints
Once you get the appropriate policies in place, make sure they're going the distance. That means following through on enforcing the rules, making updates to the policies as needed and disseminating the rules to users. When the whole organization is on board with keeping devices secure, it makes your job as an IT pro a little easier.
Watch and learn
Everyone has something to say about how and why to implement security standards and policies in the enterprise. Hear what some experts in the field have to say on the matter in these videos.
One of the challenges of enforcing mobile security policies in the BYOD world is that users are in charge of their own devices. You have to be willing to tell workers that you're going to enforce policies on their devices, and you need ways to encrypt, wipe and protect data.
4. Pop quiz
Now that you're an expert on mobile device policy and preventing data left, take this quiz and prove it!