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Can your BYOD environment be secure & flexible?

If you're considering or already have a BYOD policy, contemplate this;

90% of US employees use their personal smartphones for work, and 50% of companies that allow BYOD have experienced breaches via employee-owned devices. When employees access work-related files on their personal devices rather than company-owned ones, it puts your organization at a greater security risk.

Obviously, BYOD security should be a high priority for all.

The reality is that in today's post-COVID-19 work environment, companies need to offer their employees more flexibility, and that includes the ability to work remotely using personal devices. The question on everyone's mind is 'how do you ensure security' when you are unable to control endpoint security and have a million logistical issues around the access point.

At its core, a BYOD strategy is a corporate IT security policy for employee-owned devices used to access company-owned systems and data that includes; formal policies, instruction, and regular training. Security & the loss of devices with corporate network access is a critical concern, and ultimately, controlling user behavior & attitude toward this risk is the goal. Done right, a solid BYOD policy can increase employee engagement & enable an organization to be more flexible and adaptable.

You've determined that a BYOD mindset is beneficial for you and your employees, and it's worth putting the time into, but how do you secure company data, manage id & access while still staying user-friendly.

A BYOD policy should be a 'Zero Trust' environment; never trust / always authenticate; how should you implement this?

Many revisionist industries have begun using biometrics to ID employees. With a biometric, you analyze who a user is, not what they know. But how secure are biometrics & aren't they difficult and expensive to integrate? Fingerprints and facial biometrics are readily accessible but simple to fake. Iris and vascular scanners are secure but require very specialized & costly equipment. That leaves voice as the option that checks both simple and secure solutions.

V2verify offers a voice biometric solution that can definitively identify and authenticate your employees with just 2-seconds of speech using each person's unique voice characteristics, removing the need for them to remember PINs & passwords. V2 creates a frictionless authentication process, allowing the employee to access their account anytime, anywhere, with just their voice. Adapting V2 in your BYOD policy ensures that confirming a user's identity will not adversely affect employee productivity and corporate innovation.

What's our big take-a-way on BYOD policy & security?

If a company can fully protect its data, manage all employee IDs securely, and implement a true zero-trust environment, the access point is irrelevant.



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