Five tips to steer mobile information governance and security

When data is your most valued asset, BYOD and risk go hand in hand. These five tips can help steer your mobile information governance strategy.

In the age of mobility, times are tough for information governance and compliance officers. As employees become increasingly digitally savvy and connected, these managers have to keep up with their need for improved mobile data access while simultaneously meeting greater privacy expectations. It's not only on company-provided devices, either: The consumerization of IT has given rise to the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement, and...

with it an additional layer of security, which is necessary to protect sensitive company data on non-corporate devices. In addition to on-site employees, these compliance officers and IT heads also have to field demands from senior-level management, contract workers, remote employees and more.

With all the moving parts involved in mobile information governance, where's an information manager to start? As BYOD gets more integrated into your environment, are conventional approaches to enterprise mobility management and governance enough to tackle multifaceted security risks? Are your employees well-educated on your corporate policies, or has that critical cultural aspect gone by the wayside? Data is often an organization's No. 1 asset, so perhaps it's time to revamp these processes.

Managing BYOD might always be a challenge, but it doesn't have to be an impossible hurdle. Check out the following stories from SearchCompliance and our sister sites for advice on how to overhaul your mobile information governance strategy.

Avoid BYOD's governance "gotchas" with a strong mobile strategy

It's no surprise that as information governance managers are assailed by floods of requests from a wide range of consumer bases, they often resort to enabling mobile devices with slipshod desktop controls. As BYOD continues to gain traction and information managers race to improve employees' mobile data access, it's even more critical to establish a robust mobile information governance strategy. Learn how privacy controls and e-discovery can help your organization avoid BYOD governance headaches.

Want more on this topic? Check out this tip for more advice on overcoming BYOD's security and governance hurdles.

Dodge mobile app security traps by learning from big-league mistakes

Businesses both large and small are scrambling to take advantage of mobility and create their own mobile apps. But, in their quest to deliver a personalized experience and stake their claim in this mobile landscape, small companies may be setting themselves up for privacy breaches -- and unhappy customers. In this tip, find out how enterprises from various industries have learned this lesson the hard way, and how you can avoid similar mobile security problems in your small business or enterprise.

For more on this topic, read about the steps compliance officers should take to secure mobile applications in their environments.

Craft BYOD security policies with mobile information management in mind

Mobile device management (MDM) is no longer enough when it comes to securing employees' devices. Of course, it's still important to manage device configurations and make sure they adhere to company policies, but information is currency in the post-BYOD (and Edward Snowden) era, so keeping mobile data itself secure is ever more crucial. This is where mobile information management, governance and educating employees come into play. In this webcast, find out how to construct a successful BYOD security policy that keeps your sensitive information under wraps.

Watch this video for additional best practices for creating a BYOD security policy and protecting corporate information.

Gain employee trust by embracing a holistic enterprise mobility policy

Gartner recently forecasted that by 2016, one-fifth of all enterprise BYOD projects will fail. This bleak prediction isn't exactly surprising: For many senior managers in enterprises with BYOD deployments, it's a mean feat juggling corporate data security with employee privacy. MDM doesn't distinguish between personal and company data, but ignoring or putting the lid on BYOD will only serve to fan the shadow IT flames. It's not time to ditch either just yet, however. In this feature, learn how to modernize BYOD and MDM policies using a more dynamic enterprise mobility management approach.

Looking for more? See how to best plan an enterprise BYOD policy while taking employees' privacy concerns into account.

Start mobile information management with a strong encryption policy

What exactly is mobile information management? For organizations that both provide employees with company-owned devices and allow them to bring their own, it could mean the difference between being infected by malware through dozens of entry points and getting that mobility exposure under control. The first step to securing data on this plethora of devices is incorporating strong password and encryption policies. Find out how to ensure employee compliance and get advice on third-party mobile information management tools in this tip.

Check out this expert Q&A on using encryption controls to ensure privacy assurance and compliance.

Let us know what you think of this story; email Fran Sales, associate editor. For real-time IT compliance news and updates, follow @ITCompliance on Twitter.

This was first published in June 2014

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