As remote work continues to be a popular offering for many organisations, some employees have begun taking advantage of their own smart devices—such as smartphones or tablets—for work-related purposes.
While this practice can certainly help employees expand their remote work capabilities, utilising smart devices within a work setting can lead to elevated cyber-security risks. This is because your employees’ smart devices may not be initially equipped with the security measures necessary to defend against cyber-criminals, thus increasing the likelihood of a cyber-attack taking place.
Don’t let employees’ smart devices lead to a cyber-security disaster within your organisation. Utilise the following guidance to promote smart device security:
- Establish a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy that includes standards employees must uphold when using their smart devices for work-related purposes.
- Have employees create complex passwords for their smart devices. Encourage staff to enable multifactor authentication on their devices, if possible.
- Restrict employees from connecting to public Wi-Fi networks on their smart devices. Be sure to establish a virtual private network for staff to use to ensure a safe, secure connection.
- Have employees conduct routine software updates on their smart devices to prevent potential security gaps.
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