How does BYOD Affect an Enterprise?
The traditional system of enterprise-owned devices ensured that companies maintained a tight control over any and all devices, which connected to their network. This closed ecosystem was believed to be quite effective in maintaining overall data security, but reduced the mobility provided to employees. Things changed dramatically after the introduction of the iPhone followed by the introduction of various Android devices, which the employees wanted to use for company work. Soon enough, the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) concept was introduced, which led to an exponential increase in the number of devices connecting to the organizational network.
It soon became quite apparent that uncontrolled BYOD implementation can and will severely compromise data security within the organization and some controls needed to be established. Soon mobility policy documents were introduced into most workplaces however, as most of these were hastily prepared, they often failed to address the key issues which led to BYOD implementation in the first place. Following are a few of the security concerns, which an organization needs to address before framing a suitable enterprise policy for BYOD implementation.
The Ownership Issue: Data Ownership vs. Device Ownership
By implementing BYOD, the company invariably forfeits all rights of ownership to the device unless however, the employee is compensated for the cost of buying the device. However, as most companies do not reimburse employees for their devices, the rights of ownership mostly lie with the employee. This creates a paradox, as all corporate data on the device continues to be property of the enterprise even though the user holds rights to all personal data stored on the devices and the device itself. Some companies have introduced a system of sandboxed storage and container techniques to ensure that the corporate data is secure, but currently these systems are far from perfect. The way forward is devising an organizational mobility policy which ensures that the rights of both the user and the organization are adequately represented, while ensuring complete organizational data security.
Support and Security Problems Resulting From Exponential Increase of Devices
The introduction of BYOD has often resulted in an exponential increase of devices within the organization. These devices operate on multiple platforms which often translate into multiple problems from the organization. Such security problem whether real or perceived had led companies to outsource software development requirements to one of the leading custom software development centers such as India. Such inclusive support is far from a permanent solution, as many of the new devices lack even the best security features. It is therefore necessary for organizations to draw a line at some point and limit the BYOD policy to only a few select devices and platforms. Such a practice though seemingly detrimental to employee satisfaction, is effective in maintaining a proper level of security on sensitive corporate data stored on the organization’s network.
Controlling the Uncontrolled Usage of Apps
The new age devices come loaded with multiple apps while providing users with the option to purchase additional apps from online stores such as the Apple or the Android Apps Store. Even though these apps are mostly obtained from trusted vendors who often outsource software development to reduce costs, a significant security risk is often presented by uncontrolled use of mobile apps. To control this type of behavior, organizations have moved to ban the use of certain apps on devices connected to the organization’s network. Many companies have also introduced their own solutions developed in-house or through Custom Software Development Services provided by leading companies. These are however only temporary fixes and organizations need to implement proper mobile device management policies before implementing an organization-wide BYOD policy. For More Information Visit: http://www.extendcode.com/