How to Protect Corporate Data in a BYOD environment

By CIOReview | Thursday, January 31, 2019

Can one imagine their workplace without their smartphones, or tablets and laptops? These technologies have intertwined with our daily lives and have become an integral part. Personal mobile devices have infiltrated enterprises globally, enabling people to work from anywhere. So we can say that BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is real and is here to stay. The flip-side to BYOD is data protection. As all employees bring their devices, confidential corporate data must be adequately protected while it is easy to access.

• BYOD is a common choice

It’s evident that employees would prefer BYOD any day. This is because they get to leverage a device they are familiar with; this further minimizes the number of devices they have to keep track of and carry as well.

This is advantageous for employers as well as they can save on hardware costs, and organizations can expect people to update their devices’ operating systems more frequently than they could update their entire enterprise.

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• BYOD brings along security risks

The benefits of BYOD equalize by the serious challenges it presents concerning the company’s data. For this, companies need a plan wherein the BYOD policy is adopted, and no compromise is made on the security.

 One possible answer to this is Mobile Device Management (MDM). It assists IT department to ensure that only approved devices are engaging with the corporate supported BYOD devices. If the device gets stolen, it can be located or if necessary, have all corporate information wiped off. Another added layer is Mobile Application Management (MAM) which helps the users to make sure that they are adhering to corporate policy, and allows which app can be downloaded and limits how much and what data can be shared between applications on a device. Encryption acts as a third essential safeguard to keep data secured in a BYOD environment. In this way, any sensitive information will not be compromised. Companies who fail to encrypt the mobile devices enable the malicious actors to have access to the company’s confidential and vital data.