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Security Is Up Against Productivity In The Latest Battle Of BYOD

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Security Is Up Against Productivity In The Latest Battle Of BYOD

 

In today’s mobile era, we are becoming more and more productive on the move, bringing the latest and greatest smartphones and tablets with us wherever we go. As employees have been pushing for the last couple of years to bring these devices into the workplace, many organizations struggle to find a balance between security and flexibility when it comes to BYOD.

Allowing employees to bring personal devices to work brings several inherent risks to the table, especially for corporations responsible for large amounts of confidential information, such as educational institutions, hospitals and banks. How can organizations allowing personal devices in the workplace ensure their users follow company policy and not fall victim to security vulnerabilities?

Employees are more likely to use devices they are invested in, which can increase productivity. As the number of devices connecting to wireless networks is growing on a daily basis, offering secure over-the-air encryption has never been more important. Deploying WPA2-Enterprise and using 802.1X to authenticate your users is a great first step. Sounds like a great plan, right? It may not be so easy. As organizations begin to integrate the demand for these devices into their environments, manually onboarding devices can cause a myriad of security issues.

Anyone can make a small misstep when it comes to configuring their device for secure wireless access, and incorrectly configured devices can leave users vulnerable to hackers. If not configured properly, an unsuspecting employee could become victim to a wireless man-in-the-middle attack, which involves an attacker broadcasting a rogue SSID with malicious intent to snoop on the network traffic transmitting from your device to the seemingly legitimate access point.

Think it’s virtually impossible to deploy secure encryption without causing headaches for users and a line around the block at the IT help desk? Think again. An automated, browser-based solution will configure users’ devices within minutes, allowing your security team to finally sleep well at night. As BYOD is here to stay, nothing is more important than delivering secure wireless to your users.