Could BYOD become BYOC?

Could BYOD become BYOC?

The popularity of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) has increased dramatically over the course of the last few years, mainly driven by employees wishing to use their own mobile phones, tablets, and laptops for working either on the move or at home.

If implemented correctly, a BYOD policy can give workers a greater level of flexibility, as well as constant access to company, which ensures higher productivity and a smaller amount of reliance on central IT systems.

The use of personal devices has given rise to the concept of mobile device management (MDM), yet IT managers may soon have a new trend to get used to.

Many workers and departmental units are beginning to use third-party cloud services, which are often faster, easier and cheaper than going to IT to fulfill specific needs.

This has led to the term BYOC (bring your own cloud) being coined by those in the know, with some experts suggesting that there could be a number of new challenges for companies to overcome.

For instance, with so many employees using different cloud apps, there is the issue of activity becoming harder to track, which then causes a lack of visibility.

This situation could potentially create problems with compliance and security, meaning that for the time being at least, a central private cloud is arguably a better option.

With a private cloud organisations can leverage security controls to ensure that sensitive data is protected by a firewall at all times.

This means that information is protected, even when it travels across the internet.  

There is also a sense that a private cloud system is more agile, as it provides self-service orchestration of regular resources, which can then increase levels of speed and efficiency.

Not only is it often within the best interests of your company to have control over your cloud system, it is also usually a legal requirement, meaning that failure to keep control could result in unwanted fines.