BYOD benefits outweigh risks

BYOD benefits outweigh risks

The adoption of a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) approach has become hugely popular with companies and employees alike, with more IT administrators beginning to embrace the trend.

Yet its popularity has come amid some rather searching questions in relation to security and other perceived challenges, leaving a certain section of IT experts unconvinced as to whether BYOD is really right for their operation, especially at a time when data security has never been more of a talking point.

However, the level of faith in BYOD appears to be on the rise, with a recent from ISACA suggesting that 41 per cent of IT professionals believe that the benefits of BYOD outweigh the risks, while another 30 per cent said they were around the same.

The report recommends that the 29 per cent of respondents unconvinced by the benefits of BYOD look to adopt certain strategies to address their concerns, which may relate to regulatory compliance, identity and access management, as well as how information is handled on the mobile devices and how it is accessed.

An effective mobile device management policy has long been seen as the best way to ensure that data is kept safe, sometimes allowing IT administrators to limit or otherwise control exactly how and what sorts of data can be accessed by an employee using their own device. 

This approach allows them to coincide with the rules and regulations of other computers and on-site infrastructure within its system.

Ramsés Gallego, international vice president of ISACA, told Tech Target: "In the very same way that companies have policies for laptops and PCs and printers and you have to tag everything… you have to have the right policy set [for mobile devices] and educate users in the very same way."

"If you establish cultural security, you will get them to understand that this is the platform … there is corporate sensitive [and] critical data on your device, and you have to understand as an employee you have to protect it," he added.