August 16, 2012

Does your company have a mobile acceptable use policy?

Stacey Garcia

This week, Juniper Research estimated that the number of employee-owned smartphones and tablets used at work is set to reach 350 million by 2014, up from 150 million in 2012. With new smartphones and tablets inundating companies worldwide, IT security teams are struggling to determine acceptable use policies. It goes beyond corporate BlackBerries and laptops to the newest BYOD (like iPads, iPhones, etc).

To help teams manage the mobile influx, we just released a new five-part Websense Mobile Acceptable Use Policy Kit. It provides a guide to help your company embrace mobile devices, communicate with employees, and keep confidential data secure. You can confidently use this guide to help you get started on your company’s acceptable use policy or to supplement your existing mobile device acceptable use policy.

Below are the five kit components:

  • Corporate Security Policy: Explains how corporate mobile device resources are to be used and specifies what actions are prohibited and protected under the company’s security policies.
  • Communication Plan and Email Template: Details general best practices for communicating a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program including an email template to share with your employees.
  • Employee Eligibility and Reimbursement: Specifies company standards for which employees may bring their own devices to work and the current reimbursement structure for those devices.
  • Physical Security Requirements: Outlines requirements for any mobile device capable of coming into contact with company data including laptops, notebooks, PDAs, smart phones and USB drives.
  • Security Incident Report: Provides a template report for a physical or electronic security incident, such as a stolen device, hack attempt, data loss, malicious code, password compromise and more.

To download the Websense Mobile Acceptable Use Policy Kit, please visit:

In the interim, is your company seeing more Android or iOS BYOD? 

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