Bring Your Own Device is not just about devices

Posted on December 5, 2014 09:39 pm

After several months of observation, Contador Harrison think enterprising BYOD strategy really isn’t about the devices at all and it’s about people and productivity, data security and policy management, as well as cost and complexity. Plenty of IT executives think BYOD means having to support an ever-expanding list of devices.It’s about business productivity. For most companies, the benefit of BYOD goes beyond employee satisfaction to improving current and future workflows. When employees no longer have to switch between corporate-owned and personal devices, the simplified workflows enable them to get more work done in less time. When an IT administrator based in Mauritius recently got out of the business of purchasing, configuring and providing support for corporate-owned devices, there were significant gains in efficiency thanks to the relatively lower requirements of the simpler BYOD approach. And since his company employees were willing to keep upgrading to devices that incorporate new technologies, such as facial recognition and fingerprint sensors, the organizations explored how to further accelerate workflows, such as simpler authentication schemes, at far lower cost than having IT continually acquire new technology.While exchanging ideas recently, BYOD I can conclude that it is about data security.

Data security always starts with establishing the right policies, and with BYOD, legal, compliance and HR must collaborate to define the appropriate policies. It is then IT’s job to determine the technology solutions needed to enforce them. The solutions can include the corporate firewall to prevent unauthorized access to the network, secure remote access to protect the connection between mobile devices and the corporate network, encryption to protect data stored on devices and in transit and data loss protection to prohibit the transfer of corporate data from a mobile device to a cloud app. It is about cost and complexity. Before making a BYOD cost and benefit analysis, recognize that not all BYOD solutions are created equal. To reduce costs, don’t consider purchasing multiple point solutions. An end to end mobile enablement solution can accelerate time to value by eliminating the need for complex integration projects. Also, they can simplify management by eliminating the confusion of multiple interfaces. In addition, consider a BYOD strategy based on a secure workspace, which makes it easy for IT to allow authorized users through the firewall and can automatically provide the required secure remote access, encryption and DLP. A secure workspace also separates corporate data from personal data, protecting employee privacy. By focusing on the right issues from the start, organizations can satisfy the desires and needs of employees, increase productivity, ensure data security, make life simpler for IT and lower costs. That’s what BYOD is really about according to your blogger.

Contador Harrison