BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, is a challenge for employers big and small. The advantages are numerous, but the disadvantages all converge around the security risks BYOD creates for companies, especially when employees bring older devices to the table that may not be equipped with up-to-date software. Don’t worry, though, because T-Mobile has you covered with solutions to these problems.
So, what kind of devices and operating systems are appropriate for BYOD? Newer devices that are capable of running the most current operating systems are the best way to go. When operating systems get updates, their creators close security holes in previous versions. If an employee is running an old OS, his or her devices are more susceptible to security breaches via those OS holes. An employee with a smartphone or tablet that’s too old to support the latest Android or Apple OS should not bring that device to work.
With Apple products, employees have limited options, so you’ll only need a short list. For Android makes, however, your IT department will need a comprehensive list and might have to review unfamiliar devices on a case-by-case basis. Models like the LG G6 from T-Mobile fit a BYOD policy, but models still running KitKat or Lollipop might have security problems. Put a policy in place for the security measures employees use on their phones. To learn more about addressing risks with BYOD and ensuring a secure network, check out this infographic by T-Mobile on all the possible issues surrounding BYOD.