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Mobile devices (as their name would suggest) go everywhere, including the modern office. As such, it is likely that your employees will want to take advantage of their capabilities to accomplish more of their responsibilities and tasks. This can be advantageous to your business, assuming that you have a well-thought-out mobile device policy in place.
Let’s discuss a few things that need to be included in one of these policies so you can make yours as effective as it can be (whether you’re first implementing it or you’ve had one for a while that needs a refresh).
While mobile devices can provide considerable benefits to your business, these benefits will be moot if your security is compromised via these devices. Therefore, you need to make sure that your mobile device policies contain guidelines to help - and yes, make - your employees use their devices more securely. While these examples aren’t a comprehensive list of precautions to make (and the same can be said for any of the examples in this blog), they do help illustrate the kinds of precautions and restrictions you will have to enforce:
Of course, while you always need to have security measures in place, it can greatly help to have the means of minimizing threats before any can materialize… especially those that originate from inside your organization. Your mobile device policy is a good place to outline the protections you have in place, and what you reserve the right to do with them to protect the good of the company. For instance:
Finally, you need to make sure you include a section in your guidelines that dictate how these devices can be used in the office (or out of it, for that matter) to conduct work tasks. Some will be based on your personal preferences, while others are more related, again, to your security. A few sample policies that your overall mobile device policy should include are:
Interested in learning about a mobile device policy, and what it needs to contain, in more detail? Reach out to us! Our professionals can walk you through each point in detail, assisting you in creating and enforcing protections for your company that work. Give us a call at 916-960-0700.