For organisations, successful cyber-attacks can be very costly. For example a company may suffer financial loss, data loss and they may even be fined due to insufficient protection being in place – and this can have knock-on effects for all of us. So it’s vital to be as protective of business data as we are about our own.
Mobile security at work
Because security is so important at work, organisations usually set strict ‘IT policies’ for all employees to follow.
In years gone by, these policies have been rigid. Most employees have not been allowed, for example, to connect their own devices to office networks or use their own software for office business.
But as more people use mobile devices at work, these rules can seem frustrating. Sometimes we feel we could be more productive if we could use an app on our phone to get a job done.
This is an understandable feeling, but the golden rule is still to follow IT policies. Don’t try to ‘short-cut’ the system – because if you do, you could get in trouble or be responsible for a security breach.
"Ask yourself, does your employer have a 'Bring your own device' policy? If you don't know, why don't you ask and find out?"
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The future: ‘Bring Your Own Device’ policies
The good news, though, is that employers realise that tension exists. A recent global survey, conducted by BlackBerry, showed that 44% of IT executives worry that too much mobile security would prevent employees from doing their job.
That helps explain why many employers are considering ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) and ‘Bring Your Own App’ (BYOA) policies for the workplace.
To find out how they’re doing it – and how BlackBerry is helping them stay secure – see the next chapter.