Consumerization of IT has made organizations to notice the employee’s demand to use device of their choice (like iPad, tablet, smart phone as well as personal laptop) in addition to the traditional assets (i.e. laptop or the desktop) provided by the organization. The devices may either be owned by the employee or organization. After the initial reluctance organizations are now gradually endorsing the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) demand of its employees. The BYOD has resulted in need for the re-defining the IT strategy to meet the operational and security challenges.
Organizations need to ensure that they have the right strategy to achieve the efficiency and productivity while adequately addressing the security threats.
Security Risks and Challenges
- Policy enforcement and Compliance
- Data leakage
- Privacy of the employee personal information
In order to achieve the desired increase in productivity, organizations requires to devise a well-defined strategy to ensure the perceived operational challenges and risks are addressed. Listed below is the broad level indicative approach for implementing BYOD program at organization.
The success of the BYOD depends on effective assessment of the risks, identification of the security controls environment and management of environment. There are number of tools which can facilitate organization in designing and implementing an effective BYOD solution. Organization shall select the tool based on its requirement and purpose. Listed below is features of few of well-known tools in the mobile device management.
Organizations need to balance the employees demand to work with their preferred devices as well as the ensuring the organization's interests are safeguarded. The BYOD will gain the further acceptance as the MDM technologies gain further maturity