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Tips to Create a Secure BYOD Policy 

BYOD (bring your own device) is now a standard at most workplaces. Big, medium, and small businesses allow employees to use their personal devices for work. 

When implemented correctly, BYOD has more benefits than risks. Employees feel more comfortable working on familiar devices, and BYOD helps businesses save money on hardware and software costs. 

Creating and enforcing a comprehensive BYOD policy is the best way to protect your business before giving your employees access to company data on their laptops, smartphones, and tablets. 

1. Establish Security Policies for all Devices: security guidelines should include strong alphanumeric passwords, defining where the data will be stored, enforcing timeout controls to lock the devices after a certain period of inactivity, the ability to remotely wipe company data if the device is lost or employment is terminated. 

2. Define Acceptable Use Guidelines: This can help prevent viruses or other malware to infect the business environment. Define what applications employees are permitted to access from their personal devices, which websites should be banned while the device is connected to a corporate network, what are the consequences for employees transmitting illicit materials or engaging in outside business activities on their personal devices. 

3. Use a Mobile Device Management (MD) Software: This software allows your IT team to monitor, manage and configure all BYOD devices from a central location. Your IT team will be able to back up intellectual property, perform security scans, keep anti-malware updated, perform updates and patches, enforce security policies. 

4. Communicate BYOD Policies to All Parties: Make sure all your staff is well informed of the requirements. Hold regular training seminars, create guides or schedule one-on-one IT training sessions with employees. Training enables employees to use their device securely and informs them of company wide risks of non-compliance. Be sure to have each employee sign an agreement acknowledging they have read and understood the BYOD policy. 

5. Set up and Employee Exit Plan: Make a BYOD exit checklist part of your exit interview. The checklist should include disabling company emails, wiping access to company information, changing or disabling the passwords to all company accounts. 

BYOD is almost unavoidable at this point. With a secure BYOD policy, your business can enjoy the benefits of this new standard, and mitigate the risks involved. 


1. Windows Server 2022 - now in preview 

Microsoft announced that Windows Server 2022 is now in preview. It builds on Windows Server 2019, the fastest adopted Windows Server ever. This release includes advanced multi-layer security, hybrid capabilities with Azure, and a flexible platform to modernize application with containers. 

2. Retiring Teams mobile support for iOS 13 and below

Microsoft is retiring the Teams mobile support on iOS version 13 and below. Instead it is recommended that users upgrade to newer iOS builds, which is where Microsoft will continue to invest development resources. It will also be encouraged to update to the newest version of Teams if running builds older than 1 year. The retirement will being in early October and it is expected to complete by mid-October. 

3. OneDrive sync not supported on certain MacOS

The OneDrive team will end support for the OneDrive desktop application (sync client) on macOS Sierra 10.12 and macOS High Sierra 10.13. Going forward, only the three most recent versions of macOS will be supported. When a new major version of macOS is released, the new version and the previous two versions will be supported. This is expected to be in effect on September 10th, 2021. 

Note: Both MacOS Sierra 10.12 and macOS High Sierra 10.13 have been out of Apple's mainline support since September 2019 and November 202, respectively. 

4. Microsoft 365 services support ended for IE11

Microsoft 365 apps and services has been focusing efforts on modern browser support. As of August 17th, 2021, Microsoft 365 apps and services no longer support Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) and users may have a degraded experience, or be unable to connect to , those apps and services from IE11. These apps and services will phase out over weeks and months to help ensure a smooth end of support, with each app and service phasing out on independent schedules. 

To avoid an unsupported and degraded experience, or one where you are unable to connect to Microsoft 365 apps and services, upgrade to Microsoft Edge as soon as possible. Microsoft 365 apps and services will continue to support Microsoft Edge. 



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