It’s Not Just Personal, It’s Business | Tech Talk & Innovation – California News

It’s Not Just Personal, It’s Business | Tech Talk & Innovation – California News

(NAPSI)—According to Pew research, eight out of 10 Americans have smartphones and many of them bring their phones to work and just about everywhere else.

This BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) world can be good for business because it can save a company money as employees bring and use their own devices on the company’s networks. It can also lead to security difficulties.

Fortunately, I have found four things that can be done to help your business succeed:

1. Gatekeeping. Decide who can use personal devices on your premises and how they can use them. Establish policies on handling and protecting sensitive data and what sites can and cannot be accessed. Determine who, if anyone, is allowed to access personal sites or surf the Web during downtime. Make sure employees are well trained about this and clearly outline the consequences of violating these policies.

2. Go beyond passwords. Set up your system so it takes more than a password to get in. Some devices require thumbprints. Some systems will ask a specific question or test users with a picture.

3. Prioritize the data. Determine who’s on the network—employees, customers—and what they’re doing. Decide which data relates to business and which is personal to your employees. You might even consider setting up a separate network just for nonessential data. That’s where Comcast Business’s Wi-Fi Pro can make a real difference. It lets you offer customers their own separate Internet while they’re on your premises. Meanwhile, you can use it to promote daily specials or…

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