How does the BYOD Policy affect Enterprise Mobility?

Robby Gupta

The success of any business depends highly on an organization’s ability to empower its mobile workforce. From the organization’s applications, services and data, everything should be securely accessible by devices employed to perform business tasks irrespective of whether is owned by the employee or the organization.

In the 21st century, the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy has become the norm. According to a study, in 2014 over 55% of business smartphones were purchased by users, not their employers. In 2016, the number of users who purchased business smartphones grew from 55% to 80%. Other than smartphones and tablets, laptop-oriented devices such as the Google Chromebooks, and Apple’s MacBook Air, among other high-end laptops are used by employees for their personal and business purposes.

With the BYOD policy there comes an expectation of anywhere and anytime accessibility to corporate information and applications without having to compromise on access to personal data. This 24/7 expectation creates significant challenges for IT teams. They are constantly trying to figure out how to maintain data & network security without compromising on support for the various tools and applications that an enterprise needs.

With 90% of devices being used to perform both personal and business tasks, having a service that differentiates business resources from user’s unsecured applications is vital.

Enterprise mobility management solutions can help organizations with their BYOD challenges.

In the U.S., 40% of employees in large enterprises use their personal devices for work. This is due to the conveniences of the BYOD policy. One of the biggest benefits of the BYOD policy for both the employer and the employee is – higher employee productivity, followed by data accuracy with device sharing and lower IT costs resulting in process efficiencies.

While these advantages have increased the adoption rates of Enterprise Mobility, especially BYOD, they come with hidden threats and costs. The most consuming of those challenges has been the cybersecurity threats resulting in loss of data. Researchers confirmed that 37% of IT security decision-makers and practitioners admit that there is no real-time visibility on cyberattacks.

How to tackle Cybersecurity Threats rising from BYOD?

Currently, a majority of employees enjoy bringing their own devices to the workplace. With this trend, it gets extremely difficult to manage cybersecurity. To curb this issue, enterprises tried screening devices and compelled employees to restrict usage. However, this strategy backfired– resulting in poor employee productivity, stifling the convenience of BYOD technologies.

Some BYOD security models are:

-Mobile Device Management (MDM)

-Mobile Application Management (MAM)

-Mobile Information Management (MIM)

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Some essential elements of the BYOD policy are:

1. Strong passcodes on all devices which is part of the BYOD program
2. Encryption of data stored as well as transmitted in the network
3. Installation of antivirus protection and data loss prevention (DLP) software in the devices
4. Set-up mobile device management (MDM) to wipe sensitive data when devices are lost or stolen
5. Enable application control
6. Activate user-based role access for all enterprise mobility apps available for the users
7. Uninstall the applications related to organization before an employee leaves the organization

To tackle this issue further, enterprises need to adopt a Unified endpoint management strategy that involves enterprise app management. UEM uses a single console over a platform to monitor, manage, stay compliant, provision and enforce endpoints within an organization.

Apart from this 71% of the companies are already moving towards business mobility that is developing and deploying customer-facing apps focused on improving the customer experience. This tells us that the road ahead is in the path of creating enterprise applications that keep data secure.

Enterprise Apps to The Rescue

The number of employees who follow the BYOD policy is expected to increase threefold by 2020. This upswing has driven many proactive IT teams to build their own enterprise app stores.

A survey revealed that enterprises which execute business mobility plans have an average 150% return on investments (ROI).

Having gathered these facts it is not practical to let go of BYOD or relegate it to fewer departments. However, adding another element of applications may lead to unbudgeted costs and employment of unstructured resources.

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These hassles can be eliminated with the help of a tech-savvy enterprise app development team that can also keep the business functionality intact. A good team to manage your applications, need to be able to provide a structure and understand your IT architecture. Enterprise applications would keep the data secure and function adjunct with the mobility principle. Data in an application can be accessed from anywhere and using any device without threatening the security of the organization.

TechJini has delivered over 450 applications and has a team of 300 mobile engineers, who come with pure focus. We can help enterprises with an agenda to embrace BYOD in a secured manner using applications.

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about the author

Robby Gupta

Robby Gupta is the head of US operations for TechJini, Inc. He has had varied experiences working in New York, Cupertino, Bangalore, and Pune with packaged & amp; custom web and mobile app development for an assortment of industries. His current focus is Immersive Technologies, IoT, AI bots and their applications in the digital enterprise.