How startups can best leverage BYOD: Mobile device security

Nov 18, 2014

2015-03-10 Mobile Security.jpgStartup organizations arguably have more budget constraints than any other type of business. These groups are always looking for ways that their company and their employees can do more with less while ensuring needs are met as the group moves forward. A bring-your-own-device practice can help in these means, providing the ability to establish a technically advanced workforce while keeping an eye on the bottom line.

When startups launch a BYOD program, there are several critical aspects to consider to ensure that the practice is successful and the company’s important information is not compromised. Appthority president and co-founder Domingo Guerra told StartUp Beat that one of the biggest challenges with a BYOD initiative is security.

“When employees bring their mobile devices to work and home, there is an inherent risk that the device can link to dangerous networks, be used for phishing and hacking or allow risky app behaviors that remove sensitive corporate data from the device,” Guerra stated.

However, by creating a protected environment from the transmission of this content, this threat can be effectively mitigated. For this reason, a mobile file sharing platform is an essential piece of the BYOD security puzzle. This technological asset can provide the secure file sharing environment startups need to safeguard their sensitive data while allowing employees to utilize their chosen handheld hardware.

Mashable contributor Lauren Hockenson pointed out that startups should also prepare for the worst within their BYOD programs. While many organizations hope and pray that they are not the victim of a data breach, there is still the possibility that it could happen. Furthermore, those that are prepared for the event end up much better off after the fact than those that aren’t. Hockenson recommended utilizing security software that features remote wiping capabilities, which allows administrators to remove any sensitive content from a device if it is lost or stolen, thereby preventing damages associated with a data breach.