Securing BYOD for Work Environment

By CIOReview | Thursday, September 3, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has been ‘in’ for a while and popular in office environment across industries. A report published by Gartner seconds this trend with statistics that shows 38 percent of organizations will stop providing devices to workers and fully embrace BYOD by 2017.

While undoubtedly supporting BYOD at work might enhance productivity of employees as they will certainly feel more comfortable working on their own devices, there is a significant concern with the data and information security.

BYOD often comes with consumer grade solutions which are often easy and less secure. The employees of an organization always prefer to conveniently and efficiently complete projects even if that means using unapproved software, apps or security tools.

It’s always up to an individual organization and its IT department to define the policies and approved technologies mobile or remote workers should use, but ignoring the risks involves serious data breaches or cyber threats. Before any sort of company-wide BYOD policy is introduced, it is important to have a means to share data securely on personal devices.

In an article by James L. Bindseil on www.itproportal.com, determining what needs to be considered before BYOD can be implemented at work environments includes:

Securing file sharing: Sharing sensitive files should be secured at all cost. Information leakage might jeopardize the company’s business.

Make easy to use mobile technology: If the technology adopted by the organization is difficult or complicated to use then employees might seek easier and simpler alternatives regardless of being more secure and complaint.

Integration with existing networks, platforms and applications: Easy integration with existing networks is important. If technology integration is cumbersome and time consuming then employees are more likely to take shortcuts which might put the system at vulnerability risks.   

To conclude, BYOD can boost productivity of employees and organization’s overall performance. But it is necessary to secure mobility by minimizing many of the security risks at the beginning.