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Android BYOD:How I Use the Android Work Profile to Separate Work from Personal

May 18, 2018 | By admin 
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BYOD, Bring Your Device has been widely adopted in organizations, while the employees benefit the use of their own personal devices for work purposes, more at their convenience. Employees are allowed to bring their own devices like smartphones, tablets, and laptops to their workplace to get connected to the corporate network.

Android makes the difference

The use of BYOD Android Devices saves a fortune for the organizations, as the need for devices and space to allocate those devices are reduced and hence there is a huge cost saving. However, the cost to support the fleet of external devices becomes more prominent, beyond this, there also exists concerns and challenges in protecting the employees’ personal data while they stay connected to the corporate network with their personal data. To address the concern relating to data regulations and privacy standards, The ever trending Android OS has unveiled a compelling application called Android Work Profile, by this way, Android empowers enterprises to not just secure corporate data, but also provides constant management approach to enable employees to alter needs-based privacy standards, across a broad range of devices.

What is the Android Work Profile Anyway?

From versions of Android 6.0 Marshmallow and later, Android devices support an OS-based container called the work profile to help BYOD employees of the organizations to contain all the work applications and data badged with a briefcase logo while it completely separates the latter from the personal applications and data. This entitles the employee to use or access both work-related files alongside with his/her personal profile, while the data remains separate. This ensures that each of the profile is not affected by the other and is run side by side on the home screen of the device.

The policies and the lifecycle are managed through Enterprise Mobile Management providers by integrating with Android.

Android makes BYOD users juggle between work and personal activities over the devices in accordance with his/her convenience, without each activity interfering the other. IT admins use a range of policies with critical security elements like lock screen, enable devices to be compliant with specific encryption policies, ensures that the apps in the work profile are connected to the secure corporate network through a range of VPN options.

Enrolling a device in the work profile

A device enrolment in the work profile can be done, when the user downloads the EMM app from the Google Play Store and signs up with the corporate credentials. Upon creating the work profile, the EMM requests the IT teams to list the configurations, apps, and certificates that are to be a part of the work profile to enable the users to ensure hassle-free user-experience and start using the work-related apps instantly.

How to keep personal data private

Android gives IT admins are authorized to ensure the integrity and maintain the privacy of the personal data

  • Terminates suspicious apps from unknown sources
  • Helps define the complexity of screen lock
  • Implements the use of antimalware software

Conclusion:

Android Work profile gives a win-win situation for BYOD users:

  • Corporate data security
  • Personal data privacy

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