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Understanding BYOD Security Issues
February 21, 2014
Bring your own device. It’s the new trend taking over the work place: employees are using their own mobile devices for work purposes. Contrary to what you may think about mobile devices being distracting, businesses can actually benefit from employees using their own mobile devices for reasons such as cost savings, enhanced productivity and better communication. Although BYOD comes with many benefits, it also has many drawbacks, one of the major ones being security.
The two major security threats there are when it comes to bringing your own device to work are employees taking data out or viruses coming in – essentially threatening the entire organization. InformationWeek even went so far to say that BYOD is equivalent to Bring Your Own Malware, after taking the risks of bringing your own device into consideration. Employees typically think that only their personal devices are at risk however they might be surprised to hear that by just plugging their phone into a USB port they could accidentally give the computer a virus.
Companies should make a best effort to protect their information through added security precautions to safeguard their intellectual property and the overall health of the corporate network. However, businesses that have very sensitive information (such as social security, names, addresses, credit card numbers, health information, etc.) should make every reasonable effort to protect that information. Requirements for compliance like PCI, HIPAA and the like can carry hefty financial penalties for breach of information, especially if found to be negligent in that effort.
Many companies such as doctors offices or hospitals are "grossly noncompliant" according to the Wall Street Journal. In all cases, companies should take extra precautions by setting some guidelines and educating their employees on technology security if they choose to use their personal device for work purposes. A few of the basic security precautions that companies can take include ensuring that employees have security codes on their devices, setting limits for using devices in the work place, and educating employees on what to do if their device is lost. TechRepublic explains that BYOD can typically be pricy, therefore companies can cut down their costs by implementing specific guidelines. Companies can enforce these policies through HR by requiring employees to sign a contract saying that they understand and will comply with all policies when using their personal devices for work purposes. Conversely, companies can force these policies by implementing low cost Server Based Policies that govern the device that will in fact give the user no choice but to comply. The former still leaves you vulnerable to human error while the latter may not be received well by the employee.
The fact remains clear, as people are starting to integrate personal devices more often in the work place, it is very important that security is not compromised or else there may not be a company to go back to work to.
TCG Networks is acknowledged as the Official IT Services Partners of the Boston Cannons
February 13, 2014
BOSTON, MA (February, 11, 2014) The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, have announced a renewed partnership with TCG Network Services, acknowledged as the official IT Services Partner of the Boston Cannons.
Other elements of the partnership include weekly Social Media TecTips, game day hospitality, charitable involvement through the Cannons Care scholarship program, and fan interaction.
“We have had a great relationship with TCG over the past few seasons and are excited to welcome them back to the team,” Cannons VP & GM Kevin Barney stated. “We look forward to continuing this partnership for years to come.”
TCG covers all IT services and IT support in the Boston area, serving as the premier technology consultant for small and mid-sized businesses. Make sure to follow the Cannons on Facebook and Twitter for weekly “TecTips” to stay in the know!
TCG monitors and manages all aspects of our Network and Security with TCG’s TecCare Managed Services. From migrating email to Microsoft Office 365 to providing onsite and Help Desk support, the Team at TCG Network Services is one vendor we count on to keep our organization up and running.
About the Boston Cannons
The Boston Cannons are one of the founding franchises of Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league. They began play in June of 2001 and currently host home games at Harvard Stadium. They won their first MLL Championship on August 28, 2011. Season tickets for the 2014 season are now on sale. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 617.746.9933 or visit www.BostonCannons.com
Since 1987, TCG Network Services has remained on the cutting edge of technology while building a reputation as a trusted resource across New England. Their mission is to serve as a technology consultant for small and mid-sized businesses. The certified experts at TCG partner with customers to develop customized, cost-effective solutions that reduce expense, increase efficiency, and provide the competitive advantage necessary to take your business to the next level. TCG has the resources to handle all of your IT needs, providing you with the peace of mind you need to concentrate on running your business. Visit www.tcgns.com for more information.