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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...

Stealing WiFi to Bypass Copyright Laws

Tougher legislation aimed at protecting copyrighted materials is driving illegal file sharing underground and causing users to unlawfully 'Piggy-back' off wireless networks in order to download content anonymously, leaving businesses open to bandwidth abuse and theft. Many businesses have set up loosely secured hotspots for visitors or for convenience. Illegal access by outsiders may cause businesses new headaches as illegal file sharing is traced back to the point of access.

There is precedence, however, that may help businesses that get ensnared in this situation. In 2005, a 40 year old Florida man was arrested and charged with a felony for stealing bandwidth from a nearby WiFi connection. The man was charged under a seldom used-Florida law that prohibits accessing a computer or network knowingly, willfully and without authorization. The owner of the WiFi connection was concerned he might be linked to whatever the accused was doing such as accessing porn sites or child pornography.