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BYOD Policies Are a Necessity as Enterprise Mobility Grows at Astounding Rate

July 01, 2015

Mobility is the name of the game in technology in 2015 and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) factors prominently into the trend. The phenomena of employees using their own devices to do work, whether remotely or on corporate premises, is no longer up for debate. The question has now become how organizations are dealing with BYOD and whether they are properly protecting themselves and their workers.

Markets and Markets forecasts the global BYOD and enterprise mobility market will reach $284.7 billion by 2019, fueled by cloud infrastructure adoption and the emergence of a large population of mobile workers. BYOD growth is also reflective of a giant increase in smartphone subscribers and persistent usage that cuts across a wide range of vertical markets and geographic areas. This same phenomenon has created challenges for organizations tasked with managing server-based resources and securing corporate IT infrastructure.


The result has been an evolution in corporate BYOD policies as organizations gain a broader understanding of the benefits and challenges of allowing workers to use their own devices for work purposes. Some of the more popular features of enterprise BYOD policies include keeping tabs on all devices connecting to the corporate network and forcing the use of a VPN for connectivity, regardless of the type of device. Workers are also expected to use password protection and other security features on their actual devices to safeguard them from unsolicited use. One of the best ways to manage all of this is to implement a mobile device management (MDM) solution to keep dibs on all devices, network access policies and content movement throughout the network.

A comprehensive BYOD policy goes well beyond MDM, however, and takes into account a range of privacy and security issues. Organizations should ensure that both employee and corporate data are kept secure and private, and that measures are taken to protect devices in the event of theft or loss. From a legal perspective, it is also important for enterprises to have a clear policy about BYOD usage and misuse of company and network resources.

The age of mobility, cloud computing and remote work is upon us and BYOD is an absolute necessity. It will only become more prevalent, particularly as organizations increasingly rely on real-time communications solutions like videoconferencing, IM and collaboration to replace what were once face-to-face meetings. Bringing outside devices into the corporate network doesn’t have to be a liability or a security nightmare, and ensuring a proper BYOD policy is in place can go a long way toward securing and protecting the corporate network and data while also protecting workers.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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