Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has many benefits, and due to its advantages BYOD trend is continuing to grow. However significant challenges exist in adoption of BYOD.
Many enterprises have adopted BYOD and have laid out policies for usage of BYOD, knowing about the advantages of BYOD. Many enterprises are encouraging BYOD, and market studies have estimated that there would be a massive increase in adoption of BYOD.
Traditionally, enterprises have been providing the devices for use by their employees. When enterprises provide the devices, then it is possible for better monitoring of the applications in the device and their security. For this, enterprises have to invest considerably for the devices, as well as for their maintenance. Allowing employees to bring their own smart phones or tablets keeps them happy as they would be better satisfied with their device, they would also be better connected and also be able to check out their personal communication needs. As devices incur considerable investment enterprises are not able to upgrade to the latest devices with the latest hardware. New devices are of a better configuration and capacity, and enable employees to work better.
It has been observed that when work requirements are communicated through text, messenger apps, emails or other forms of instant communication employees have responded faster. Hence, work too gets done faster. Therefore BYOD leads to better productivity.
BYOD Adoption Challenges
The main challenges are for the IT security department. They would have a difficult time. When there are many, many different devices they will have to handle different types of OS, OS versions, updation’s, patches, and the integration between different devices. Other major challenges are malware security, secure connectivity, and other security implications. Furthermore, theft or loss of the device is another important concern as the device could contain corporate/ enterprise information.
Employees must be allowed to access confidential information on the enterprise’s server in order to perform their duties. They must be able to access corporate communication as well as shared files used in their project. Some enterprises may also use specific or customized applications for their business needs. These too must be accessible through the BYOD.
Everyday, new, innovative devices are being introduced in the market. The hardware components are much advanced than those in the existing infrastructure. IT security administrators must address compatibility issues with corporate applications.
Best Practices for BYOD
Discuss with IT security experts and put in place a strong, feasible BYOD policy. Ensure that employees follow them strictly. Lay out rules on what personal activities are allowed to be performed on the BYOD device.
In case your enterprise requires an application to be functioning on the device, then containerization or application wrapping can help protect the applications, even if the device itself gets infected with malware.
Additionally, utilizing a remote device locating facility and a remote wiping facility could help locate the device it gets lost or stolen. In case the device cannot be retrieved, then the data within the device can be wiped out. Enforcement of strict, feasible BYOD policies is a best practice for BYOD.