Your Computer is Yours: BYOD Guidelines for Companies

Bring your own device" may sound like device chaos and security gaps to old-school IT experts. But that doesn't have to be the case, says André Schindler from NinjaOne.

Bring your own device” may sound like device chaos and security gaps to old-school IT experts. But that doesn’t have to be the case, says André Schindler from NinjaOne.

The use of employees’ own devices has advantages, but also brings challenges. The question arises: are the devices as secure as they should be? To implement BYOD successfully and securely in a company, clear strategies and measures are required.

Clear guidelines and terms of use

Before BYOD is introduced, detailed guidelines should be drawn up that define which device types are permitted and how they may be used. These guidelines should include security requirements such as the use of VPNs and endpoint security solutions. In addition, it must be regulated how company data on private devices is protected and deleted in the event of loss or termination.

Comprehensive security measures

Reliable IT security starts with the equipment of the devices. This includes the encryption of data, regular security updates and the installation of anti-virus software. Access to the company network should be secured by multi-factor authentication and continuous monitoring of network activity is essential.

By using remote management software, these measures can also be implemented remotely. Such tools make it possible to configure, manage, update and, in an emergency, lock devices from the cloud.

Training and awareness-raising

A key factor in cyber security is the users themselves. It is therefore important to train them regularly and raise their awareness of potential risks. They need to understand what responsibility they bear for the security of the company network and how they should handle the new programs. An open culture of error encourages employees to approach technical staff honestly if problems arise, without fear of getting into trouble.

Regular review and adaptation

IT security requirements are constantly changing. It is therefore necessary to regularly review and adapt the BYOD guidelines. This includes monitoring the security protocols and assessing whether the existing guidelines still meet the company’s current requirements.

Conclusion: Secure use of BYOD in the company

With the right strategy, employees can use their personal devices securely and efficiently within the company network. Cloud-based IT management software ensures that updates, drivers, antivirus software and VPN configurations reach the relevant devices. A strong awareness of users’ security responsibilities also contributes to a secure and clear working environment. This allows companies to reap the benefits of BYOD without compromising on security.

Andre Schindler

André Schindler

is General Manager EMEA at NinjaOne.