Your employees' holiday loot is your problem

Fiberlink exec offers suggestions for heading off post-holiday BYOD issues

The holidays are over, but some big issues could be just beginning if CIOs do not take note of the new gadgets coming through the door and connecting to their network.

Before the holidays, enterprises could have taken several steps to prepare for employees' new mobile devices, said CSO in a pre-holiday article. Those steps included checking in on personal device usage policies and prepping supported apps. But assuming that advice was not heeded, it is not too late for enterprises to get their arms around post-holiday device proliferation.  

CSO outlines some strategies for mitigating post-holiday BYOD problems based on recommendations from Jonathan Dale, marketing director at mobile security company Fiberlink.

If there's a mobile management solution in place, there is a good bet most employees do not know about it. Education is critical. Dale says CIOs or CSOs should remind employees about corporate policies and instruct them on how to enroll and connect to Wi-Fi using SSID and automatic connections.

It is important that IT does not overly restrict new BYOD participants. While it is appropriate to check that devices are not jailbroken and use encryption, blocking YouTube on an employee-owned device could be stepping too far, says Dale. Most importantly, they will need access to corporate assets--and be able to do so securely.

Enterprises that do not have a mobile device management solution in place have a lot to keep track of if they are allowing BYOD. Dale suggests focusing initially on the apps. CIOs should spread the word about malicious apps and educate employees about apps that use up large amounts of data.

For more:
- read the CSO article

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