BYOD Challenges and How to Tackle Them
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) technology is good. No doubt about that. It improves employee productivity and reduces enterprise cost. Above all, it increases employee satisfaction, as it allows them to work more flexibly irrespective of where they are present. But like with all good things, the dangers lurking behind this wonderful technology are too many to be neglected. Therefore while employing BYOD for your enterprise is indeed a good move, you should also remember to take the necessary steps to regulate this technology in such a way that the hazards posed by it to your organization are kept to a minimum.
The Added Advantage
One of the biggest advantages of using BYOD technology is that it eliminates the need for employees to carry multiple devices for personal and enterprise use. Instead, it allows them to bring their own technology (and the device) which they comfortable with and use the same to access the enterprise’s network and data.
Change of Ownership
But this added advantage turns out to be the biggest concern as well. Because the change of device ownership within the enterprise network poses huge security threats. Previously, employees, if at all they wanted to access the enterprise data using a mobile device, they could do so only using the ‘enterprise-provided’ devices. But BYOD has changed the ‘enterprise resource landscape’ greatly. It has given the ‘device ownership rights’ to employees.
Security Risks They Pose
The fact that BYOD allows alien devices into the enterprise network is something which cannot be denied. Because any device which is ‘not fully under your control’ is an alien device; in other words, an intruder as far as your network and its security is concerned. Therefore when allowing these alien devices, you should ensure you don’t compromise the control you have over your network – just because you’re giving access to devices that are not innately part of your network.
The Solution: Controlled Network Access
What if your enterprise could control, at a granular level, your network’s data which is being accessed by your employees? Like deciding who accesses what and by imposing controlled restrictions? To ensure your employees gain access to your enterprise’s data in a controlled manner without feeling too choked up? This is exactly what Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) platforms enable you to do. They assist enterprises to provide ‘controlled access’ to their employees’ mobile devices.
Enterprise Mobility Management
Mobile Device Management (MDM) which was introduced for handling BYOD-related risks was rather ‘device oriented making things rigid and complex’. That is, it focused more on the administration of mobile devices and less on the data being accessed using these devices. Because of this reason, it couldn’t offer the much-needed ‘controlled network access’ and therefore has paved way for enterprise mobility management.
Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM), on the other hand, is data-oriented. That is, it focuses not only on securing the mobile devices alone but also on the ‘sensitive enterprise data’ being accessed using them. Therefore it helps enterprises decide ‘who accesses what data from where’. The goal was to bring further management to employees’ devices and apps they use in them and to set any restrictions necessary for the overall protection of your enterprise data.
Doing away with BYOD is simply not possible considering the reputation it has made for itself in the IT industry. But this doesn’t necessarily mean you have to compromise on your network’s security either. Therefore use Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) platform alongside BYOD and successfully counter the web security threats posed by this technology.