How the cloud could be a cost-effective way of securing your BYOD network

How the cloud could be a cost-effective way of securing your BYOD network

The bring your own device (BYOD) trend has almost completely taken over the world of business, being implemented in firms across many different sectors in the UK.

It has become an especially popular practice with small or medium-sized businesses (SMBs), as many leaders of such companies recognise the advantages in terms of saving money and enhancing productivity.

There is a general acceptance among information officers that the use of such a policy allows workers to gain a better balance of their work and personal life, giving them a better attitude towards their employer and therefore improving their performance.

However, the rising use of BYOD has brought about a few challenges for IT departments, many of whom have found there is a need for a rigid policy in order to protect information on devices, with security a genuine concern for many SMBs.

One of the methods that many companies are turning towards, is the use of cloud computing technology, which itself has been been something of a new trend for many companies.

As well as also offering the benefits of saving money and allowing for flexible working, there are some experts that remain convinced that it could also hold the key to the security headaches being experienced by IT managers within firms implementing BYOD.

Whereas under a normal BYOD policy there would be various pieces of locally-stored data, many of which would vary in its sensitivity and importance, the use of the cloud means that the whole physical workspace can be taken away from your devices, securing any information you may have within a third-party location.

In a recent blog post, cloud computing expert Rick Blaisdell said: "When employees leave the company, you will feel confident they are not taking company confidential documents, they would only be taking their personal devices with them."

Although such a method may sound like the ideal solution to SMBs' security considerations, there are also issues with protecting data within the cloud too, meaning that it is important for firms to make adequate considerations.

For instance, the implementation of a data recovery plan can be hugely important, as it means that vital and sensitive documents can be restored quickly for users, while also preventing anything leaving your database.