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Cloud Security: 4 Ways to Protect Your Clients from BYOD Data Breaches

Posted by Nick Augeri on Mar 13, 2017 10:00:00 AM
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As organizations make the digital transformation, it’s essential for them to secure productivity, collaboration, and enterprise data. Cloud security is especially relevant for mobile devices in light of the popularity of BYOD (bring your own device). As more of your customers’ employees access company data from their own devices, the greater the opportunity to provide security solutions.

BYOD is ideal and cost-effective for business owners allowing them to avoid having to buy and manage dedicated devices for their workforce. The downside is the exposure it creates for companies in terms of lost or stolen data, and the overall management of employees using multiple devices across their organizations. Here are four ways to apply cloud security best practices to address the headaches associated with these issues:

  1. Develop a plan to secure data from an employee’s lost device.

When employees lose their phones, it’s imperative to secure any company data. It’s best to simply wipe company data from the device. If the device is recovered, the employee’s personal data will remain intact. Company data can always be reinstalled if necessary, however the “wipe” option is the best course of action in this situation.

  1. Give clients the freedom to embrace BYOD.

If employees are accessing company assets using their own devices, encourage your customers to embrace it by putting structure around software usage, particularly Microsoft Office Suite. A key tool for securing Office is Microsoft EMS. It’s the only solution designed to protect all Microsoft Office apps, emails, and files.

  1. Use a tracking system to close the loop in the event of a data breach.

Whether your client experiences a breach or simply need to isolate potential risk areas, knowing who has a company-owned device versus their own device is at the core of a strong BYOD policy. Microsoft offers a powerful tool to keep track of mobile devices accessing the network. Microsoft Intune makes it easy to enroll mobile devices to access corporate resources with flexible licensing options to ensure you’re only being billed for what you’re using.

  1. Reduce risk by focusing on one solution.

Managing a comprehensive BYOD protection strategy across all platforms and different devices can be a challenge. Customers will leverage a variety of resources to secure iOS devices and another for Android. The ideal solution is to find one option that provides data protection across all platforms.

Microsoft EMS offers a time and money-saving comprehensive solution that works with existing tools and provides a consistent user experience whether using iOS, Android, Windows, or a Windows PC.

Final Takeaway

BYOD poses a significant risk to your customer’s data security. However, the bigger threat is not having a policy to manage that risk. Most likely your customer knows this, but doesn’t have the bandwidth to truly secure data on employee devices. When addressing cloud security with your clients, consider including Microsoft EMS in the BYOD strategies you’re developing for your customers.

Have questions? Please contact the Tech Data Microsoft team today at 800-237-8931, ext. 82031 or email microsoft@techdata.com.

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