More clients are seeking MSP tech that works with their BYOD policies. For many companies, employees use their own mobile devices brings many advantages. The company has no longer to supply the mobile devices, employees get to choose the type of device and mobile plan, and the risk is on the employee when it comes to the device being taken care of. For these reasons, companies are looking for ways to make BYOD policies fit into their network structure.
Why Network Security is Important in a BYOD World
Every single device that accesses your corporate network has the potential to cause harm. These are all gateways into sensitive information and other critical pieces of data. With the device being taken care of by the employee, there are risks that the security patches and device updates are not installed promptly. These risks increase the risk your entire network is faced with, and understanding and protecting your clients is a key function of MSP tech.
One of the simplest ways to keep your client’s network secure is by having tiered networks. Keeping employee mobile devices away from the most sensitive data reduces the risks your clients face. However, this is only possible to a certain extent. Some of the information the employees require may reside on servers that also contain very sensitive data. A complete overhaul of these network set-ups may help alleviate some of the risks, but these are costly and time-consuming. Other methods of security must be used to complete the security of your customer’s network.
The technology, and firewalls use has been improved. For traditional port-based firewalls, all traffic was lumped together. The access to your client’s network was vague, and it provided very little insight into the usages and accesses the network experiences.
The next-generation firewalls provide much finer detail on the traffic of your client’s network. This level of detail is required to keep networks secure, especially in cases where mobile devices provide more access points. By using next-generation firewalls, the traffic and access through your customer’s network are transparent. This transparency makes tracking and analyzing usage easier. The details of usage are also useful in blocking certain applications on the network and allow for role-based permissions on the corporate network.
Increase Required Authentication
Identity Access Management and Single Sign On technology help keep authentication safe. These technologies work by ensuring that your client’s corporate network is only accessed users authorized by a single user map. The use of the correct assignment and authentication flows, keep your network safe no matter what device accesses the network. These technologies help keep security streamlined, accessible for analysis, and security policies consistent with a user. The type of device has little impact on the security of your customer’s network.
Even with the use of personal devices for corporate mobile access, there are still some security methodologies that work well. As more robust authentication and user identification technology is used, role-based permissions become more powerful for companies who have BYOD policies. Role-based permissions look to the user accessing the network. The use of logic allows the network to validate identities and devices, as well as control levels of access. From that information, different accesses and applications are permitted or blocked.
BYOD policies are becoming a widespread method of dealing with corporate mobile data access. The benefits for both the employer and the employee are clear, and the MSP tech is catching up to provide secure networks. With the right safety features, your clients rest easy knowing that they have mitigated the risks associated with network security and BYOD policies.