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BYOD & Its Challenges

The concept of bring your own device BYOD is a growing trend for business IT. Bring your own device (BYOD) is a business policy of employees bringing personally owned mobile devices to their place of work and using those devices to access privileged company resources such as email, file servers and databases as well as their personal applications and data.The consumerization of IT has highlighted the need for bring-your-own-device policy development.

The consumerization of IT and BYOD leverages many benefits like greater innovation, better work culture and enhanced productivity, but it also raises security risks and management concerns. This shift – from relatively stable mobile environments of the past to a diverse mobility landscape – challenges IT professionals in the areas of access control, policy enforcement, security of confidential data on users’ devices, and scalability & management issues.

The Strategic Approach

Organizations can gain benefits of consumerization and BYOD with a strategic approach to define processes, policies and standards that reduces security risks and BYOD challenges. The first step in overcoming these challenges is selecting the right MDM solution that covers all aspects of mobile security is essential for enterprises.

Mobile Device Management (MDM) gives your IT staff control and visibility of all mobile devices in the enterprise, enables you to manage large-scale deployments of mobile devices, enforces security policies and compliance, secure mobile access to corporate resources, and remotely lock and wipe managed devices.

Deployment of MDM solution must be set in accordance with the corporate BYOD policy. It is crucial for CIOs and IT Managers to take a deep dive and come up with a policy that covers enterprise compliance, confedentiality, security, and integrity along with management and adminstrative rule sets. The BYOD policy should also not neglect the social aspect of employees, it should be addressed with the employee's consent.

Key Consideration
  • Assess and document risk in information and operational security.
  • Securely architect systems for interoperability(Coorprate data vs Personal data).
  • Define content applications that are required, allowed, or banned.
  • Recommend approach to content storage (cloud vs device).
  • Establish orientation, trainings, and user agreements.
  • Disposal of device if replaced, lost, stolen, or sold, or employment is terminated (must remove corporate information before disposal).
  • Identify the right balance between personal privacy and organizational security.
  • Reporting and tracking lost/stolen personal devices.
The Last Word

Together with the development of hosted services and Cloud-based services, BYOD is emerging day by day. Thus it is crucial to address data and device security as a whole, MDM solution has paved the way to ease the pain, and yet it has to become more sophisticated in terms of device management, application management, data analysis, and IT security. The new mobility models in the enterprise are all about connectivity, partnership and trust with a common thought, it’s not your data or my data. It’s our data that is at risk.

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