BYOD driving more data to the cloud

BYOD driving more data to the cloud

The rise of the bring your own device (BYOD) trend within many businesses will lead to more corporate data being placed on cloud systems, experts have suggested.

Writing for Wired.com, Andrew Wild claims that the issue of data security has become one of the biggest concerns among IT managers, many of whom have seen their fellow employees bringing their own smartphones and tablets into the workplace.

The devastating consequences of data being leaked means that many companies are being forced to look at effective mobile device management solutions (MDM).

Mr Wild claims that one of the most effective methods of creating a secure environment for data is to employ a cloud system, which he said could be especially suitable for small ormedium sized businesses (SMB), who often lack the necessary funds and manpower to adequately deal with any problems.

He added: "In the near future there won’t be any good reason for corporate data to be stored on the device. The most compelling reason for storing data locally is to enable offline access. However the need for offline access will diminish as internet access becomes truly ubiquitous. We are getting there; even airplanes are offering inflight Wi-Fi connectivity."

But he claims there is still a need to try and divert data away from local storage systems even in the current climate, as the solution of disconnecting from the internet, which is a popular security practice in many firms, can be too inconvenient within a BYOD environment.

The benefits of combining BYOD with cloud technology have been recognised by other experts too.

In a blog for Search Cloud Computing, writer Fernanda Aspe stressed that while ensuring on-device security methods such as anti-malware software and passwords are important, firms need to set up gateways between both mobile devices and the business network.

She added that the implementation of certain tools could provide a higher level of security for smartphones and tablet devices being used within the company, while hypervisors could separate personal and corporate data, and even allow remote wiping in case a device is lost or stolen.