Emerging enterprise-grade technologies such as mobile and cloud computing have introduced a series of innovative new processes into the corporate world, one of the most unique of which is BYOD or “Bring Your Own Device.”
BYOD refers to a process in which employees use their own personal electronics in order to access privileged corporate data. While the phenomenon sounds enticing in theory, a British communications firm recently undertook a study of 2,000 IT users and managers in 11 different states in order to gauge marketplace sentiment towards using smartphones, laptops and tablets rather than stationary, corporate-issued PCs.
Interestingly, the crux of the results was extremely positive. For example, 80 percent of the respondents reported that deploying a BYOD policy provided their company with the tools to gain competitive advantage over those that did not. Additionally, more than 60 percent of respondents reported that BYOD fostered greater employee productivity.
However, many of the respondents did fear a security issue with the access and permissions issues of devices that are easily lost or stolen.
“To meet these challenges head-on, enterprises need to have a clear policy, a combination of the right tools to implement it, the trust with which to deliver it to employees and the processes in the business that everyone understands and buys into,” said Neil Sutton of the researching organization. “IT security has always been about a blend of people, policy, process and technology, and the right blend is even more critical in a BYOD world. Rather than being perceived as a barrier to agility or flexibility, security can act as an enabler which improves an organization’s ability to adapt to the BYOD trend.”
Consequently, companies looking to enable BYOD for employees would be well advised to partner with a national IT service such as CTI Technology that can provide the cloud computing solutions to enable remote data access and network security services to protect that data from illicit use.
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by CTI Technology
IT security has always been about a blend of people, policy, process and technology, and the right blend is even more critical in a BYOD world.