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BYOD Security: Taking Privacy Into Your Own Hands at Work

March 5, 2015

Let’s face it, large groups of people aren’t the fastest agents of change. That’s doubly true for corporations, as was shown by Home Depot last year. Despite being warned in 2008 by their own employees that they needed to update their security protocols to protect against hackers, they dragged their feet, right up until 56 million of its customers’ credit cards were stolen from their servers.

It’s no wonder then, that employees are beginning to take matters into their own hands with BYOD security, or Bring Your Own Device security, which focuses on securing all of the technology that you have direct access to, such as your phone, tablet, or even your email account.

Could BYOD security be beneficial for businesses, and should you consider bringing your own security tools into your workplace? We think so, and not just because you might save your business some dough, but because you might protect yourself, as well.

Self-Reliant Security

While a slow response is a risk for your organization, it’s also a risk for you. Take the Sony Pictures incident, for example. While they were the ones who were hacked, it was their employees that took the brunt of the impact, with their emails leaked all of the Internet, leading to at least one executive getting fired.

This is where BYOD security comes in: if those employees had brought in their own security solutions, such as encrypted email, it’s unlikely that any of the backlash would’ve landed in their laps. Additionally, if they had taken the initiative to bring in their own security measures, they likely would’ve prevented Sony a lot of headaches, as a considerable amount of the data leaked to the public came from information from personal accounts.

Lead By Example

Sometimes, the best way to spread a good idea is to simply show it off. By bringing in your own security tools, you can show other employees (and your bosses) how easy it can be to implement strong security practices.

This is especially true when you consider that many businesses have preconceived ideas about what good security is, and how difficult it is to implement on a company-wide scale. Take email encryption, for example. Email encryption is often seen as a good idea, but the difficulty of implementing it often prevents businesses from seriously considering it as an option.

In this scenario, all it would take is one employee using Virtru to show the company that email encryption doesn’t need to be a chore.

Struggling with Compliance

Whether it is HIPAA, HITECH, or FERPA, maintaining compliance can be a pain for businesses. The tangled legal web often creates so much trouble that many companies do the bare minimum necessary to achieve compliance, while others don’t even make that effort. In both cases, companies are really just playing a game of roulette with the odds stacked against them, as it is only a matter of time before they face a security threat.

If you work in an environment where compliance is an issue, BYOD security is a must. Although your company’s security pitfalls might hurt them, you never want to be caught in a legal situation where you could’ve done more as an individual to protect your clients.

This is especially true in the medical sector, where 90 percent of hospitals lose patient data, exposing it to outside parties who do not have permission to see it. Doctors, especially ones that work for larger institutions, can’t trust their bosses to secure their patient’s data – that’s something they must take into their own hands.

Embracing BYOD Security

Security isn’t just something for your boss to worry about anymore. While companies stand to lose millions of dollars due to data breaches, there’s always the chance that you could fall into that pit as well. While BYOD security is a great way to encourage businesses to upgrade their infrastructure, it has the added bonus of keeping you safe even if they don’t.

Eager to embrace BYOD security? Download Virtru today, and enjoy the comfort of knowing that all of your email will be encrypted, preventing prying eyes from viewing your messages, even if your company’s servers are compromised.

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