Workers need better training in BYOD

Workers need better training in BYOD

Companies implementing bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies need to ensure their staff are adequately trained in order to avoid any associated security problems.

That is the verdict of GFI Software, which in a survey of 1,000 UK workers found that 100 per cent had used an open network for work purposes.

It also claims that 20 per cent of mobile devices do not contain any security features, while just five per cent have corporate security policies enforced on their devices.

Such a situation can lead to a number of security issues for companies, including networks being hacked, infected with viruses or malware.

Other consequences include failing to follow compliance regulations, which leaves a firm vulnerable to fines and lawsuits.

There is also the real risk of sensitive data being stolen or compromised.

And Doug Barney a senior research analyst at GFI, claims: "You can have all the best mobile device security and management tools in the world, but without a clear policy and training, it may all be for nothing. Companies with serious security restrictions may opt to not allow BYOD but most businesses are better served allowing some BYOD use."

He added that not allowing workers to use their device can cause substantial depletion of morale, but that employers still need to have a policy, which can be easily understood by employees and stuck to.

Although even the implementation of a policy is ultimately useless without the use of training.

Among the key issues that need to be conveyed to employees is the importance of creating a strong password, while also ensuring they are regularly changed.

Workers also need to be educated on the best way to lock a device, manage security settings, as well as the concept of encryption and the best ways of handling company data.