Invest in BYOD to minimise the challenges presented by BYON

Invest in BYOD to minimise the challenges presented by BYON

The bring your own device (BYOD) phenomenon has changed the way we work in so many fundamental ways.

Still in its infancy, it has already had a transformational impact on the culture and practices of many organisations. In some sectors it is very much seen as the future.

Running alongside this is the bring your own network (BYON) trend. While not as widespread as BYOD, it is nevertheless growing in popularity.

In short, the philosophy behind BYON is the establishment of wireless hotspots that are independent of work-established networks.

There are pros and cons to this, but what is certainly true at present is the lack of structure related to its usage, especially when BYON is being used as part of aBYOD strategy.

For example, not only are you using your own device at work, but you are also accessing your own network

This leaves you and your organisation potentially open to all sorts of security risks, especially if you are not yet monitoring activities with vigilance.

This feeds into the culture of Shadow IT, whereby, to all intents, employees are using their own equipment and systems independent of their IT's known-how/approval.

"In order to implement a successful organisational BYOD policy, you need the engagement and participation of the end users," Sarah Lahav, chief executive officer of SysAid told the Tech Republic recently.

"I think BYON is a big threat when the end user, as a customer of the IT department, doesn't need anything from IT, and there will be no engagement in regards toBYOD.

"If the end user doesn't really need anything, then there goes any chance to engage them and achieve security or any kind of understanding about what the user is doing with BYON."

At a base level, policies need to be developed to provide all stakeholders with insight into what is and isn't permitted with BYOD and, if embraced, BYON.

This provides insight, transparency and collective appreciation of the structures underpinning what is ultimately a more open and engaged way of working.