With over 60 million Filipinos owning at least one mobile device, Bring-You-Own-Device (BYOD) has become a growing trend among workplaces, be it a big company or a small-scale business. But the perks of BYOD comes with risks on cybersecurity not only of the employees but the company as well.
Kaspersky Lab’s research showed that employees are not equipped enough to guard their devices, and employers are aware of this situation. The study revealed 33 percent of businesses globally are concerned about the security repercussions of BYOD and 52 percent have confessed that their employees are their IT networks’ biggest weakness.
In fact, the top three cybersecurity fears of employers are linked to human error: 47 percent are afraid that their workers might share confidential corporate data on their mobile devices; 46 percent fear their company will be put at risk if employees lose their smartphones; and 44 percent are worried that their staff are using their IT resources inappropriately.
Kaspersky Lab shares its top tips on how to safeguard devices used at work and avoid exposing the organization to cyberattacks that can cause massive financial and security problems.
1. Companies create a more centralized management of corporate networks. A centralized management of corporate networks includes training the employees to become more aware of the risks present online and to know the possible consequences when they let their guards down.
2. Don’t let the phishers inside. Phishing letters are the first attack vector for a long list of other online threats. Be wary of suspicious emails and links.
3. Set up a guest network and keep it isolated from the internal one. Don’t allow non-employees use the internal network.
4. Take the “always guilty, always wrong” approach to the “visiting” devices. Admins should monitor the smartphones employees are using for work. They should also have a remote “kill switch” on such devices in case they are lost or stolen, or the owner is leaving the company.
5. Passwords should be kept privately and should only be accessible to their specific users. Use of a password manager is the best way in keeping passwords, use of stickers on the wall is the worst.
6. Restrict the use of social networks, unless they are necessary over the course of work. Also, limit the use of file sharing services/clouds unless they are absolutely necessary. Perhaps this may look a bit over the top, but if there is something to lose, it is always better to be safe than sorry.