While BYOD has been a growing player in the world of business IT for some time now, BYOD policies are still developing rather slowly. For example, should you mandate that users upgrade to the latest OS when one is released? The answer is yes, and the primary reason is security.
Each time a new operating system is released, it addresses specific known threats, as well as threats that IT security experts foresee becoming an issue. For example, iOS 9.2.1 is a rather light upgrade, but includes a number of bug fixes, and addresses certain known vulnerabilities, like Shared Cookie Stores, which was identified by Skycure.
Require Mobile OS Updates Just as You Do Desktop Patches & Updates
Most IT departments do specify required patch installations and update policies for servers and desktop computers. But relatively few require users to keep their mobile devices updated. Some IT departments simply let users update, patch, and upgrade as they wish, while others opt for the “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach. Some users (Apple users, particularly) always want the latest and greatest, and for those users mandating upgrades isn’t necessary. But others tend to lag behind, opening your network and systems up to security vulnerabilities unnecessarily.
Security Isn’t the Only Reason for Requiring Timely Mobile OS Updates
Aside from security, there is another important reason to begin requiring mobile OS upgrades in your BYOD policy. From a practical standpoint, your IT department will have fewer operating systems to work with when addressing compatibility issues, troubleshooting network problems, and deploying new software applications.
Threats and malware are introduced at an astoundingly rapid pace. Nearly 400,000 new malware threats are discovered every day, and more of these are targeted at mobile devices, including the popular Android systems. These scary statistics do not identify other types of threats, such as botnets and blunt force attacks that are typically leveraged against corporate IT systems.
Your Team Can’t Keep Up With All the New Threats and Updates But Skycure Can
While it is impossible for your IT team to stay abreast of this number of developing threats, the mobile device manufacturers can and do. That’s why having the latest operating systems on your network pays off in terms of security. While it won’t assure that no threats make it through, it will limit the number of threats that your users, devices, network, and systems are exposed to.
Bug fixes are another good reason to insist that users upgrade to the latest mobile OSs. Not all users are delivered upgrade options at the same time, however, so when developing the mandates for your BYOD policy, it’s important to give the users ample time to receive the upgrade. For example, when Apple releases a new update, they stagger the notifications over time so that their servers can keep up with the demand. The Skycure product alerts users as soon as any notification is received, so that your users can learn about available updates immediately and close any security gaps before the vulnerabilities are exploited.
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