Connecting personal smartphone with the company’s private network connection is a trend that has grown over the years with no policies and rules governing their use. This practice known as BYOD (Bring your own device) allows employees to use their own smartphones, laptops and tablet PC’s for work purpose. This allows employees to work effortlessly outside the office whether it is when travelling to a place or from the comfort of their homes.
On the other side, allowing employees to connect their device to the company network also presents another risk. It might allow unscrupulous employees to gain access to the company’s sensitive data or expose it to malware with their infected devices. Despite this, companies have not been able to put in place rules that govern the use of these smart devices while connected to the company network.
No need to worry as the experts at Norton technical support have come up with five effective tips on what to allow in order to protect both the company data and network from unsecured devices.
Top 5 Tips on securing your company network against indiscreet devices
- Have a policy
Despite telling employees to restrict their access to the company network via their smartphones and tablets; it’s advisable to place a policy in place to let the staff know what is acceptable and what is restricted.
- Access via VPN
One of the most common way for a hacker to monitor on the internet activity of an individual is when the person will connect to an unsecured wireless network. One way of ensuring that no employee gains access to the sensitive company data is place a Virtual Private Network (VPN). VPN allows a secure and more encrypted connection making the information safe from online predators.
- Enforce Password Protection
Tell the employees to secure their device with a password protection screen lock to prevent any unauthorized person from gaining access to their device behind their back.
- Two-Factor Verification
The Two-factor verification should always be present when it comes to gaining access to the company’s sensitive information. The employees should be informed about using two-factor verification method to reduce the chances of an online attacker in gaining access to personal information of employees or the company.
- Register the connected device
Tell the employees to register the device with the IT department which they are using for any word-related activities. Always update the list of devices as more employees connect to the company network which will help the department in cutting off any unauthorized device.
Want to know more about how to keep the company network secure from unauthorized access? Contact our Norton customer support experts at Norton Tech Support Number 0-800-820-3300.