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Fixing BYOD Issues by Moving to the Cloud

September 23, 2016 | By admin

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is being adopted and encouraged by lots of organizations all the world over. Research studies show that almost 75% of organizations now either allow their employees to use their personal devices for work or are in the process of coming up with policies to allow the same.

The reasons for BYOD gaining such immense popularity are obvious. A research study published by Tech Pro states- “The Bring Your Own Device, also known as BYOD, concept has revolutionized many industries. By allowing employees to bring their own devices into the office for business use it has helped companies cut hardware and service costs, although in some cases it has also resulted in an added burden upon the IT departments tasked with maintaining these devices”.

BYOD Issues
BYOD is good, but the implementation of BYOD technology is not without risks and challenges. The most important risk, the primary challenge that every entrepreneur who adopts BYOD faces, pertains to security. Employees using personal devices for work are expected to keep their respective devices secure. Compliance with security guidelines is expected and there are BYOD policies as per which the employer may control and manage employee devices and even remotely wipe data in case devices get stolen or lost or employees leave all of a sudden. There are also issues that arise as regards the inability of users to ensure uniformity when it comes to software, privacy controls etc. Issues occur when different employees tend to use different software tools or versions to access company spreadsheets or such things. There have to be solutions to such BYOD-related issues.

What’s the solution?

It’s the cloud that comes to the rescue for such issues relating to BYOD adoption or implementation. It’s always good to move all data and processes to the cloud; cloud-hosted services help ensure uniformity as regards data access. Depending on the cloud also solves issues pertaining to using different software versions since everyone accesses tools from the same server. Securing data in the eventuality of device loss or device theft is also not an issue when everything is moved to the cloud.

Moving data and software to the cloud is good, but there are lots of things that are to be done to make this work out well. Here’s a look at the things that make BYOD technology really useful for businesses:

  • BYOD issues happen due to unsecured internet access. Hacking can be done via employees’devices. So it’s always good to protect business data by using a DNS firewall.
  • Centralized Document Management is of prime importance as there might be hundreds of employees connected through BYOD devices who would have to access data and documents. Having a document management tool helps aggregate documents created from different software versions and also resolves compliance issues.
  • In case there are proprietary software that cannot be moved to the cloud, it would be good to have a restricted BYOD policy with a pre-approved list of devices to choose from. The management can test these pre-approved BYOD devices for software compatibility and also make sure that there is consistent user experience among employees.

 

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