How to balance security with employee freedom

How to balance security with employee freedom

The rise of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) strategies has posed a number of questions for IT leaders, many of whom have become acutely aware of the need to offer employees the freedoms that come with using their own device within the workplace, while also addressing a very real threat to security.

Yet this balance can often be difficult to achieve, with a recent Gartner report recently suggesting that by 2016, 20 per cent of enterprise BYOD programs will fail due to deployment of mobile device management measures that are too restrictive.

It is therefore important to take certain steps in order to ensure that your policy achieves the best of both worlds.

If you have implemented BYOD before, do not simply cast previous experiences aside, as they can offer a valuable indication of what to do and what to avoid when introducing a BYOD policy to your workforce.

Users will immediately grow uneasy if their devices are installed with geotrackers, likewise if you somehow gain access to any of their personal apps.

Having said that you can't simply have no guidelines at all, so make sure that you fully establish exactly what you need in order to secure data.

If that is not established, you risk blurring the line between a worker's private and business life, which can cause a great amount of problems,

In order to help keep the differentiation between work and play clear, always make sure that your employees do not use business apps for personal use . When they leave the company, these apps can be deleted, thus saving your data from falling into the wrong hands.

By the same token, it helps to extend such thinking to the way in which device data is stored on a general basis. A cloud solution will eliminate the need for devices having to store data, meaning less policies and less need for IT managers to worry about.