Most employees not think much about cybersecurity at work. They are likely unaware that the smartphone, laptop, tablet or even wearable device (like a fitness tracker) they bring to the office could be opening a digital door to their employer’s network and systems.

Here are a few things to consider:

  • Any employee-owned device used for work-related tasks can inadvertently be the source of a data breach. Employees may check work emails from their personal smartphones or device. These emails potentially contain customer information.
  • Many gadgets get power from a USB port.  Examples include speakers, cup warmers, reading lights, and desktop fans.  These are often inexpensive and made by unknown companies. If it contains malicious software, it could infect your office as it’s plugged into a networked computer.
  • Employees are not the only ones to bring in unsecured devices. Guests can also put an office at risk by connecting to your Wi-Fi.  If you offer Wi-Fi to guests/patients, consider a ‘Guest Wi-Fi’ account to prevent them from accessing your office Wi-Fi. A guest account can be used with Based Access Control and adds to the security of your network.

A strong BYOD policy is needed in any office. If you have any questions or would like assistance with a BYOD policy or implementation, please contact us.  We are happy to help you.

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