The whole world, or to be more precise, most enterprises across the world today seem to be embracing BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). This is happening because on the one hand employees seem to be interested in using their own personal devices for work as well while on the other hand companies too are inclined to make the most of this emerging trend. Thus more and more companies are now beginning to let employees connect to the corporate networks using their personal devices.
The Challenges that BYOD Poses
That BYOD has its benefits is known to all. BYOD helps employees stay connected to work at all times, wherever they are and hence they tend to be more involved and satisfied. This helps companies ensure enhanced productivity, better business growth and improved customer service. BYOD also helps companies in cost cutting.
But, at the same time, BYOD poses some challenges too. The basic challenge concerns security. It’s always possible for hackers to gain an entry into a corporate network through unsecured BYOD devices and thus steal data- corporate data as well as customers’ personal data. Another thing that companies have to take into account is that it would be sometimes difficult if employees using personal devices at work are in fact doing work or using the devices for personal purposes.
Things to be considered while opting for BYOD
There are certain things to be kept in mind while opting for BYOD. These include
Having a well-defined BYOD policy, with all aspects clearly explained.
A detailed, comprehensive analysis of the organization’s risk profile. This includes an analysis of the information/data handled by the company and also analysis of what all could be the targets in case of a cyber attack.
Making sure that all personal devices used by employees, ie, BYOD devices are secure. This includes ensuring that these BYOD devices have security software installed, are password protected etc.
A proper plan to educate employees on all aspects of BYOD security too is important.
Having a proper plan for security incidents plus having clear, well-defined policy about the liability of lost data etc is also important.
Ensuring that the enterprise network as a whole is secured and that encryption is proper.
Things like proper access management, multi-factor authentication and proper MDM strategies too need to be ensured.