Have you been able to separate fact from fiction when determining the specific business advantages that bring-your-own-device (BYOD) can provide?
BYOD: Separating fact from fiction
Have you been able to separate fact from fiction when determining the specific business advantages that bring-your-own-device (BYOD) can provide? A recent white paper written for Trend Micro put some BYOD myths to rest and highlighted several significant trends among businesses. For example, despite recent headlines claiming BYOD can be a costly endeavor, more than half of organizations said costs either remained the same or decreased after implementing BYOD.
BYOD and mobile device security
"When asked about the components of the AUP documents, the ability of corporate IT to remotely wipe devices is the most common provision, followed by the right to monitor activity, the possibility that data may be exposed in case of litigation, and that incorrect login attempts can cause data deletion," the report stated.
BYOD requires mobile device management
"One thing is increasingly clear - having some type of strategy for BYOD even if it’s relatively vague initially, is essential," Wood wrote. "Simply allowing staff to use their own devices to access business information will lead to all sorts of issues. Worryingly, a recent research has revealed that two thirds of organizations in the [United Kingdom] do not have any BYOD strategy in place. IT must set out guidelines and expectations as well as a degree of accountability."
While mitigating risks is important, MDM strategies can extend beyond pure mitigation and become a crucial element to enhancing employee productivity. By leveraging comprehensive mobile management technology such as MDM and mobile application management (MAM), business leaders can both reduce the chance of security breaches and enhance productivity by providing applications and other software tools to their mobile workforce.
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