Defence Signals Directorate outlines key BYOD considerations

November 29, 2012

A new document from the Australian government Department of Defence's Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) has outlined the key considerations for executives looking at employing a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy in the workplace.

According to the DSD, the popularity of BYOD is on the rise due to the emergence of affordable consumer smart devices which offer a greater level of personal freedom, convenience and flexibility to employees.

Taking advantage of this fact can offer organisations a range of benefits, including reduced hardware costs and improved business productivity, but the DSD warns that implementing a BYOD policy is not without its dangers.

"BYOD will introduce new risks, both to an organisation’s business and the security of its information, which need to be carefully considered before implementation," reads the document.

The aim of the two page document is therefore stated as being to identify vulnerability management strategies which senior decision makers can use in order to minimise the risk of allowing employees to use personal smart devices for work-related purposes.

The DSD suggests that organisations ask themselves a series of questions before deciding on a BYOD strategy. These include "What are the legal implications?", "What are the financial implications?" and "What are the security implications?"

According to the DSD, BYOD can potentially act as a "weak link" in a business's security network, offering increased opportunity for cybercriminals to utilise social engineering techniques and deploy malicious software.

The document suggests taking a risk management approach to BYOD, and developing a clear and decisive policy on smart device usage in the workplace.

Another good way to secure your organisation against the dangers of BYOD is by undergoing a thorough security audit evaluation in order to determine where weak links are occurring.

Anyone interested in viewing the full DSD BYOD Considerations for Executives document can read it online by clicking here.

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