Preventing Mobile Phone Data Security Loss on Employee-Owned Devices—Three Tips for Businesses | e-Cycle

Based on a blog written by Jason Fell, a technology editor at Entrepreneur.com. 

While being able to do business with a colleague at all hours of the day may seem like a cost effective strategy, businesses today need to realize the risk they run by allowing employees to access corporate information on their personal mobile devices. Sensitive data such as emails, business contacts, customer data and network login credentials can be threatened by the use of personal devices.

So what can be done to ensure a business’s data is secure when it leaves the office? Take a look at the following tips to create a data security plan for your company:

1)   Teach employees how to prevent a data security breech.

Taking simple measures like using passwords, updating operating systems and learning to clear data from a lost or stolen device will prevent many of the basic problems companies face.  Show them how to do it and remind them to do it often to ensure data security is always a top priority.

2)   Make the tools readily available.

Implementing this can be as easy as sending out a basic “How-to” flyer or holding occasional meetings focusing on data security.  Stress the fact that data security protects them as well as the business.

3)   Don’t keep sensitive data on personal devices.

The important factor to remember here is that the personal device does not belong to the company, and therefore cannot be taken from the employee.  Do not allow tools like email or customer data to be stored locally onto the device. This way, it is easier to protect corporate data if necessary.

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