Friday, 6 November 2015

Caution! Bring your Own Device? Grasp the fundamentals first

Are you running a business and employing staff? 

If so,  have you considered all the implications of letting your employees bring their own technology into the workplace?

Allowing employees to bring in their own mobile devices i.e. tablets, laptops, USB sticks and smart phones to work to use, or indeed have access to your business network to work from at home, means that you must have a clear policy in place to protect yourself, your company and your clients. 

To comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, you will need to have appropriate security in place to prevent any personal data held, being accidentally or deliberately compromised.

As the "data controller" you have to take appropriate technical and organisational measures against unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and against loss or destruction of the personal data you hold.

Clearly, there are tremendous benefits of allowing employees to use their own devices, but with this brings huge responsibilty to ensure their access to data is not compromised.

The risk to each organisation is unique, but being aware of the risks and the areas you have to consider will help you produce your policy and keep your data and employees devices as secure as can be.

 The Information Commissioner's Office have produced a very handy publication to guide you through this potentially hazardous area

click here for full PDF

The Merlin Team

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