How to Minimize the Impact of BYOD and Improve Security

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Use Virtualization to Minimize the Security Risk

The safest way to access centralized systems and/or data that is not meant to be synchronized is to use a virtualization solution. And the idea is that no data is transferred to the device and no application accessing data is executed on the device except the application granting access to the virtualized environment. You minimize the exposure of data and systems for threats coming from and being on the device. But regardless of the use of virtualization or synchronization of data or a combination of both, you need to ensure the identity of the user.

When today's hacker and identity theft threats combine with the new challenges presented by the trend of 'bring your own device' (BYOD), companies must take decisive action to deliver secure, flexible and convenient authentication to employees and their devices alike.

BYOD has always posed a headache to system administrators, since these mobile devices are accessing corporate data. In recent years, the trend has blossomed into BYOE or "bring your own everything," as employees blur boundaries by bringing not only their own smartphones, tablets and laptops to the office, but also their own applications and networks.

This infusion of personal devices, apps and networks into the corporate environment presents a significant security challenge, as controlling access to corporate data and network assets is complicated by the presence of devices, networks and applications not fully under the IT department's control. Many security and IT administrators have spent sleepless nights trying to address well-known and widespread security issues surrounding data synchronization on unsecured devices accessing the corporate network. In this slideshow, SMS Passcode has identified critical steps organizations can take to minimize the impact of BYOD and manage devices in a secure way.

 

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