Setting up a solid BYOD policy for 2015

Setting up a solid BYOD policy for 2015

Bring your own device (BYOD) has been a hotly discussed topic in recent years and the next 12 months look set to follow along the same lines.

Many IT departments may have started to think they have BYOD cracked, but there is seemingly always a new trend just around the corner, ready to cause fresh headaches for IT professionals and the corporate systems they oversee.

The latest trend to rear its head is that of wearable technology, which many experts believe could have an increasingly significant impact over the next 12 months.

A successful BYOD policy is widely accepted as being crucial to successful implementation and new trends will mean they will need to be closely analysed, keeping a number of points in mind.

Firstly, it is important to keep track of all devices connected to the company network, along with records of the user and device details, as this will help organisations audit their network regularly – a process that helps to detect any unauthorised connections and resource usage.

That is only the first step however, as if businesses are serious about making BYOD a key part of their IT system should always ensure they implement an effective mobile device management (MDM) system, as this will facilitate the enrolling of devices and help to specify and enforce network access rights.

Some MDM platforms can even apply content filtering to keep staff focused on activities that are purely related to their work. However, this approach may not be completely suited to a workforce that prefers to use personal devices for work uses.

It means many firms may find themselves looking towards third-party solutions that help to separate corporate data and apps .

However companies decide to address the challenges associated with BYOD, one can say with some certainty that it is a trend that will only go from strength to strength over the coming year.