If You Allow BYOD Without a Security Protocol You’re Asking For Trouble

Bring your own device management

In the current age of mobile technologies, businesses have to consider how best to protect their data from loss and outright theft. With nearly 70 percent of smartphone users using their mobile devices to check their professional emails while out of the office and outside of normal business hours, the chance of unwanted eyes seeing sensitive information has greatly increased. Businesses looking to protect their data need to have a plan in place to protect what is theirs.

One quarter of all American companies allow what is known as BYOD. The definition of BYOD is Bring your own device. This policy is a result of two thirds of employees wanting their work IT department to let them choose what device they use for work activities. This can present a problem for IT professionals and presents the need for sensible bring your own device management.

BYOD mobile security is a huge issue. A third of employees who make use of a personal mobile device, such as a smart phone or tablet platform, say that their company’s data is not protected through encryption or any other security. As aforementioned, a full quarter of American companies allow BYOD but those same companies have no BYOD solution in place to protect the company from data loss.

A proactive Byod policy provides not only the definition of BYOD to employees but also sets in place methods to password protect and lock their mobile devices, as well as giving the IT department management software to remotely lock, wipe, and track all devices used for company business. In the event that these devices are lost or stolen, it is then simply a matter of logging into appropriate software and destroying sensitive data. It’s easy and it’s quite cheap.

If you are a member of the IT department in your company and you are not utilizing a sensible BYOD strategy, you need to come up with one. This protects your company, other employees, and likely your job.

6 Responses to If You Allow BYOD Without a Security Protocol You’re Asking For Trouble

  1. Lonnie Cummings says:

    Haha. Try telling my boss we need to come up with a new policy for anything and he’ll just laugh. I think he’s a little too old to understand all this data mumbo-jumbo.

  2. Chester Harmon says:

    Your boss won’t be laughing when your top secret plans for a planet destroying space ship are stolen by a tiny robot though, will he?

  3. Leslie Gonzalez says:

    Your boss won’t be laughing when your top secret plans for a planet destroying space ship are stolen by a tiny robot though, will he?

  4. Norman Simmons says:

    Your boss won’t be laughing when your top secret plans for a planet destroying space ship are stolen by a tiny robot though, will he?

  5. Shane Vega says:

    Your boss won’t be laughing when your top secret plans for a planet destroying space ship are stolen by a tiny robot though, will he?

  6. Your boss won’t be laughing when your top secret plans for a planet destroying space ship are stolen by a tiny robot though, will he?

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