Cloud Security Risks to Consider With BYOD

Published On November 29, 2017 | By Charles Sorrell | Web Hosting

Allowing employees to bring their own devices to your workplace eliminates the need for you to spend your budget on electronics. However, one downside is that it leaves you more vulnerable to certain security risks. When employees use their own devices, they might not be doing so in a way that is safe for your company’s cloud services. To prevent problems, consider these cloud security risks and how to minimize them.

Data Breaches

Chances are, your company has a lot of private data that you don’t want the general public to see. When an employee uses their phone or laptop for work assignments, this sensitive data might become merged with their personal data. For example, the phone might sync work contacts with personal contacts, allowing nonemployees to access this private information. Even worse, financial data or business forecasts could be at risk.

To prevent this, you’ll need to put some policies in place. This gets a bit tricky, as the employee’s device is still their property. Therefore, you’ll need to do your part to secure all files and remind employees to disable the auto syncing of contacts.

Unsecured Network Access

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Using their own device means that employees can log in to work anywhere. This is great, except for when they’re using an unsecured network to access your cloud-based services. When doing so, they put your entire network at risk for being hacked. Data thieves can easily hack the employee’s username and password to get into the cloud. From there, they’ll steal credit card information, personal identities, and more.

The best way to secure your data and prevent malicious parties from accessing it is to invest in a cloud access security broker (CASB). A CASB is a piece of software that acts as a buffer between your user’s data and your cloud provider. By monitoring user access, quickly identifying security threats, and detecting users who don’t comply with company policies, CASBs are a great way to keep your data safe. CASBs are becoming so mainstream in the industry that experts predict 85 percent of companies will be using them by 2020.

Abuse of Cloud Services

Being on their own devices gives employees a sense of freedom. They might begin to abuse their privileges, however, especially when it comes to having access to your cloud storage. Instead of saving personal photos and videos on their hard drive, they might upload it to your cloud so that they don’t run out of space on their phones.

Not only will this fill up your storage allotment, but it will slow down your system and clutter up your organization. Luckily, a CASB can help you with this as well. It monitors all user activities when users are logged on, such as how much data they send or receive and from where. You’ll easily be able to tell if they’re doing something they shouldn’t.

In the end, the money and time you’ll save by allowing employees to bring their own devices is far more important than the risks identified here. Regardless, it is still important to consider these implications so that you’ll be prepared when you implement this policy.

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