Master BYOD Security in Five Easy Steps

With mobile technology continuing to advance literally each and every day, business owners have a legitimate fear surrounding data security. With BYOD, social networking, cloud computing, and other tech innovations, CIOs continue to work hard to protect their intellectual property. And with cyber threats on the rise, executives should be worried, according to a recent article published by

However, businesses can use some simple yet effective security measures to protect their all-important data. The following five initiatives help show how to protect your organization from cyber attacks and hacktivists.

1. Understand your business.

While this may seem like security 101, sometimes profit-building initiatives like sales and marketing trump security measures. To change this, security officers need to be actively involved with their business’s “product/service development lifecycle and integrate security in a strategic way that enhances its conversion to cash.” Consider forming your board of directors (BODs) so that security can be a big financial differentiator. Increased security can result in increased profits and the protection of company data.

2. Understand the role of security.

In today’s business environment, and elsewhere, technology consumes us. As a result, sometimes people and processes get lost. To achieve comprehensive IT security, implement governance and processes to guarantee success. “All of your employees, from the BOD, to customer service, to your facilities department, should have a mutual understanding of your department’s mission and strategies.” One way to do this is to test a breach within your own company. This helps test employee understanding of current threats and also helps them spot and respond to those threats effectively.

3. Understand information.

Your information is your intellectual property. Making sure everyone within your organization understands the value of your information can help you keep it secure. “Your ultimate goal should be to obtain wisdom and knowledge about the IT security function and how it relates to your company. To move from being a security operation group to a security intelligence team.”

4. Establish governance.

Outline expectations, grant power, and validate performance by creating a powerful mission statement that encompasses your information security initiatives. “By doing this, you will have clearly defined who IT security reports to, along with their roles and responsibilities. Ensuring operational alignment across all departments will help engage your organization greatly, making them more aware of your security architecture.”

5. Convert risk into funded initiatives.

Finally, leverage your governance model to turn information security plans into funded initiatives. Make sure to keep senior management in the loop. “Adhering to these initiatives can help build a strong foundation for your organization’s security strategy. It’s all about defining risks, establishing security, and then striking a balance between the two.”


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