If your company does not have a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy specifically for the COVID-19 pandemic it’s a good idea to create one to ensure employee devices are secure when accessing company data.
Recently, there has been a growing usage of mobile devices which can increase security risks from cloud applications and data being used from more locations.
So far, 36.5% of Australian businesses have been involved in an incident through a third-party cloud service used by their employees in the past year. When performing phishing tests for our clients, we’ve found phishing attacks are more successful on BYOD. Australian business have been hit hard with phishing attack scams since the COVID-19 pandemic started which is another reason to have a COVID-19 specific policy.
A COID-19 Pandemic BYOD policy can include the devices your IT support, apps available to remote users, collaboration tools available, plus access restrictions in place for VPN connections and downloads of sensitive data.
We recommend your IT department set-up the work from home security controls to ensure they work properly. This is important as many smaller companies are at a higher risk of going out of business after just one data breach.
Implementing an effective policy now means an organisation will be more prepared for any potential crises in the future. We can help you do this. Learn more about our Working From Home Audit services.