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BYOD Security: 3 Threats Employers Need to Know About

It's no secret that Generation Y has entered the workforce with great determination. The demand for flexible working schedules and locations has increased and a shift from employees using company own devices to individually owned devices has also greatly increased. Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) has its benefits, but it also can prevent a new cyber security challenges for big companies that wish to keep certain information encoded and a secret. Whenever personal devices interface with corporate data, you run the risk of data loss and data breaches, so with that in mind if you are a company that is interested in BYOD security, there are three threats that you, as an employer, should know about to ensure that you get the coverage necessary. More about this topic...

Why school internet monitoring software is better than over-blocking and filtering web content

The internet is a sanctuary of free knowledge and learning, as well as a den of villainy and deceit. It is both a force for good and for evil. Regardless of the dangers of the internet, it has become a tool for the day to day lives of adults. But due to its dangers - and for the schools to get needed funding - children in school are often deprived of the internet’s good content by schools blocking nearly all webcontent. Youtube, Facebook and other repositories are completely blocked. Some schools even resort to over-blocking in order to protect themselves from hackers, but this simply doesn’t work.

The fact is “over-blocking” and “filtering” are tactics that students can sometimes subvert. A recent study shows that 35% of students know how to bypass internet filters. These students are digital natives and know how to counteract overblocking with proxies and mirrors. More about this topic...

BYOD Policies for the Enterprise - Mobile Device Management (MDM)

Although BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is a landscape that is constantly in flux, developing a policy for BYOD security is a critical first step in stabilizing this environment.  Businesses and institutions need to understand that there are many things that they can do to create a strong security policy. This can be accomplished by realizing that there are a number of fundamental policy concepts that can provide a framework that will accommodate the changing landscape.

Since employees desire to use all manner of mobile devices in the workplace, security is the primary concern. Consequently, the policy must work hand in hand with the security measures that are enacted by the IT department. Although the goal is to clearly define those devices that can be used and how they can be used in the workplace, IT departments must work in partnership with other major departments and C-suite level players to make these determinations.

Not only should the BYOD policy clearly define accepted devices as well as the resulting security policy for each, they must also describe the security software requirements as one of the security that would be in place. Its best to choose a software solution that can allow remote monitoring, blocking and filtering of the activities on a wide variety of devices as well as respond to Apps, private clouds, Wi-Fi networks and remote desktop services. More about this topic...