How to avoid potential pitfalls associated with BYOD

How to avoid potential pitfalls associated with BYOD

The rising popularity of bring your own device (BYOD) strategies has led some analysts to predict that they will be present within half of all firms by the year 2017.

However, its widespread implementation has not come without concerns from those in charge of IT networks across the UK.

The remarkable thing about the rise of BYOD is that it has only occurred over the course of a few years, and it is already clear that those adopting the technology in the early stages of the trend made their fair share of mistakes.

There have been a number of common problems that enterprises implementing BYOD have experienced.

One of the main concerns for businesses has been the issue of security.

Employees will often download apps from external sources that could lead to corporate leakage or malware infection.

One of the best ways around this is to implement a successful mobile device management (MDM) solution, which will ensure that the right restrictions are in place to protect data.

However, some MDMs can prove to be a good solution to IT managers within a business, but can seem rather Orwellian to employees, as methods such as geofencing are capable of monitoring devices.

Finding the right balance between ensuring that data is secure, and that an employee's right to privacy is also respected, is therefore something that many companies need to consider in order to enhance morale and subsequent productivity.

It is worth pointing out however, that there are just as many potential pitfalls for companies that are too lax in monitoring BYOD devices, as it not only leaves the door open for security breaches, but can also lead to financial horror from excessive data consumption and costly roaming charges.

A balance is also needed between allowing employees to have a choice of what device they want to use, and what devices are best suited to your network in terms of coping with the needs of your business.

One of the best ways of ensuring that all of these criteria are met is to ensure that there is a clear level of communication between employees and IT managers.