WiFi Makes BYOD Employees Unknowing Targets

Bring your own device (BYOD) is growing increasingly popular and, as such, businesses are investing in employee training on security best practices and taking steps to ensure workers are adhering to company policy. Unfortunately for companies embracing BYOD, even employees with good intentions can create data vulnerability.

More than half of smartphone owners connect those devices to unsecured wireless networks, according to Cisco’s “BYOD Insights 2013” study. In some cases, employees may forget their phones are set up to automatically connect them to available WiFi and subsequently access sensitive company information without even realizing they are creating security risks. That scenario can be particularly damaging for organizations in heavily regulated industries—like healthcare or finance—that could be subject to massive fines for security lapses.

With even the most conscientious employees liable to make an occasional BYOD mistake, some companies choose to grant their employees access to only non-sensitive information from a personal device. But how can a business be sure that strategy is executed? What if an employee forgets the policy and tries to access confidential information from an airport hot spot as he or she waits to board a flight?

Fortunately these questions can be addressed with network monitoring solutions that can quickly drill down to the details for any node on the system in real time. With these products in place, engineers have a high-level view of the company’s network and can stop any unauthorized attempt to access sensitive material—even by a loyal employee.

Businesses are constantly faced with new security challenges they couldn’t have anticipated just a few years ago. BYOD is a fast-moving trend that snuck up on some companies, but reliable, effective tools built to meet these challenges do exist.

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