BYOD still short of fulfilling potential

BYOD still short of fulfilling potential

While bring your own device (BYOD) is a trend that has been around for nearly 20 years, there is still plenty of evidence to suggest that it is still largely in its infancy.

Many onlookers, analysts and experts have all hailed BYOD as something of a mainstay for businesses in various sectors, knowing it has spearheaded the ongoing flexible working revolution.

Yet there seems to be some way to go before BYOD stops growing and becomes a truly universal phenomenon.

Despite the various options to help address the worries of data security – which for a long while has hampered the adoption of BYOD – protecting sensitive corporate information is still a concern for many organisations.

However, those concerns have largely been met by a rise in increasingly sophisticated mobile security solutions, leading to a potentially significant rise in the BYOD security market.

But mobile security solutions are just one part of overcoming the threat of a data breach, with companies themselves having to take on a certain level of responsibility for their own sensitive information.

First of all, organisations should always ensure they keep track of all the connected devices within their network, as well as the users within their system. This will help make it easier to identify unauthorised connections.

Yet it is not just direct connections from malicious third parties that could lead to a breach, as the blurring of the line between personal and corporate data can also cause a greater risk. It is therefore important to make sure that any approach to BYOD allows for both types of data to remain separate.

Passwords for each member of staff are also essential as it reduces the risk of any hacks and adds a much-needed layer of security to keep data safe.