There’s no denying it: more employees than ever are using their own devices on the job. And while the rise of bring your own device (BYOD) programs have helped workers and their employers be more efficient, the introduction of unmanaged devices brings significant security tradeoffs. In this post, we will examine the growing popularity of BYOD and how organizations can ensure they’re mitigating risk with BYOD security solutions.
BYOD is here to stay. According to a recent survey from Zippia, BYOD usage has increased 58 percent since the beginning of the pandemic. There is a good reason for this: there are real, tangible benefits for both employees and employers.
For employees, it’s a chance to work with devices they’re used to and are already a part of their lives. That means increased efficiency, productivity and convenience. The same efficiency and productivity gains will benefit employers, who get the additional benefits of low overhead and minimal management. However, with these benefits come security concerns.
While employers can save time and resources on device management with most BYOD policies, the tradeoff comes in the form of increased risk. Decreased management burden comes with decreased visibility into the devices that are connecting to your network and accessing your company’s sensitive data. This risk can take on many forms, including malware, data theft and legal issues.
Unmanaged personal devices may not have proper security. If you don’t believe us, how sure are you right now that you’ve downloaded the latest software on your cellphone? Devices lacking proper security or the latest patches are vulnerable to malware attacks.
Each device that connects to your network is a potential entry point for attackers to access sensitive personal, company or customer data. It only takes one infected device to let the bad guys into the network.
When deploying a BYOD program, employers may assume responsibility and liability for the way data on those devices is handled. An insecure device is a ticking time bomb that can lead to lawsuits.
Successful device programs start with a properly configured and enforced mobile policy. When a company prioritizes security, that usually includes a mobile device management (MDM) program. This allows companies to realize the benefits of BYOD without inheriting too much risk by securing, monitoring, managing and enforcing policies across all employees’ mobile devices. MDM solutions enable employers to set specific profiles with customizable privileges across device applications and captures important information across all corporate and BYOD devices.
Mobile device management allows employers to prioritize employee device safety, protecting each endpoint with a variety of security measures. The best BYOD security solutions should feature an MDM solution that includes:
At Motus, our BYOD solution helps customers drive compliance and mitigate risk, alleviating overstretched IT departments of these burdensome responsibilities. Interested in learning more? Check out more BYOD-related content.