In the Covid-19 world, more and more businesses are utilizing Bring your own device programs (BYOD) due to the work from home order, which is great as an employee but an absolute nightmare as a security professional. So how can businesses protect their data not only on employees’ laptops but on smartphones, tablets, and any number of devices?

Ways companies can protect their data:

There are ways that companies can protect their data from being stolen and put measures in place to ensure that the access point for hackers is not their employees. 

Some of examples are: 

  • Not implementing a BYOD policy and issuing company devices in the form of laptops, tablets, or phones with protective code, firewalls, and additional security installed.
  • Utilizing a Zero Trust or NIST framework. If you are interested in what these are, read about them in our blog Why Implementing a NIST or Zero Trust Framework is Critical for Your Business.
  • Education is an overlooked topic most of the time. It can be incredibly effective. Employees are not malicious and do not want to be hacked. By educating them about what is safe and how to protect their data, you can dramatically reduce your risk. 
  • Utilize Mobile application management (MAM), which ensures security on corporate applications. 

Using some or all of these methods will be helpful in this day and age to protect not only your company but your employees. But how can they help themselves?

Ways that employees can protect their data:

Employees can use a multitude of tools to encrypt and protect their data from their devices. 

It can include:

  • Using multi-factor authentication 
  • Using remote backup systems such as iCloud or Google so if data has to be wiped from the device, it is stored elsewhere
  • Thoroughly vet emails, messages, and apps that Employees can download onto the device to check for viruses or Malware.
  • Using the same caution that one would with a laptop or work device. 

These simple steps can drastically reduce the likelihood that a hacker could steal data or secure information. 

How data often get stolen:

The three main ways data can get stolen from an employee are: 

  • Hacking and infecting the device with Malware allows them to gain access and use social engineering to gain further access.
  • Phishing which is very similar to the first, and if you are interested in how that may work and how to prevent it, look at our blog What a Cyber Attack Looks Like. 
  • Physically losing an unprotected device. This is harder to control as a business because what an employee does with a personal device is up to them, so using company-issued devices may be the move.

Why it’s important:

Protecting your company’s data can be a life or death situation for a business. If there is a significant breach, not only will your employees and potential patents be at risk but your consumers, customers, and shareholders. Ensuring all business information is secure and encrypted is a must, and there are countless ways to go about it. If you are interested in security service providers or learning more about security, talk to us at [email protected]