Each device connected to your company’s network needs to be protected from threats. For instance, small business cybersecurity should include firewalls along with antivirus software for all smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers, plus full protection for any web servers you use. It’s wise to also require employees to use a VPN when connecting to the company network or accessing company accounts.
You also need a more advanced strategy to manage and secure your endpoints. This should include the following:
- Data loss prevention
- Network access control
- Data classification
- Cloud perimeter security
- Insider threat protection
- And more
Another aspect of endpoint protection involves keeping software and firmware updated on every device. You don’t want any vulnerabilities from outdated or unpatched software because that makes a device a prime target to get hacked. This alone is a good reason to opt out of the BYOD trend, despite it being easier for employees.
If you must allow employees to use their own device for work, make sure to install software that keeps work-related applications up to date and implement a strategic BYOD security strategy. However, keep in mind that BYOD is always a risk to your organization because you can’t control who uses the device after business hours, nor can you ensure personal apps on the device are updated.