How to Minimize the Impact of BYOD and Improve Security

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Streamline Access with Multi-Factor Authentication

Each change to the network has the potential to set off a chain reaction of tweaks and adjustments, which can irritate users and keep them offline. Since a streamlined authentication process keeps productivity (and morale) high, IT administrators should ensure that each new upgrade or addition affects access to critical programs as little as possible.

Advancements in remote access enable more and more employees to work from any location. The IT department is responsible for facilitating the ability of the remote workforce to perform its functions from outside the office environment, which means its authentication strategy must make it as easy as possible to safely access business applications from anywhere, at any time.

Using modern multi-factor authentication, administrators can adapt the level of security needed using contextual information, such as login behavior patterns, geo-location, and type of login system being accessed. For example, if the user is logging in from a trusted location where they have logged in before, they will not be prompted for a one-time passcode in order to authenticate. This allows end users the needed security with greater ease of use while working off-premise.

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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