Google’s recent acquiring of Divide, a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) management platform providing company, is not just another tech news. It also has fueled quite a familiar point of argument: How relevant is BYOD in perfecting Enterprise Mobility?
Why BYOD is Still Discouraged?
Enterprises and industry leaders are accepting that fulfilling the goal of Enterprise Mobility never looked more convincingly possible until the raging advent of smart devices commenced. While EM seriously discourage employees to work in a traditional manner and lets them complete their respective duties through mobile devices, on the other hands, modern enterprises haven’t yet been able to come entirely in terms with the idea of letting employees to bring their smart devices at work. Alongside, many of them have failed to formulate a constructive policy regarding the use of personal smart techs of employees at work. The two most common factors cited for not encouraging BYOD at work are:
- Increased security risks
- Loss of productive time (as employees may indulge in using internet connection for other purposes than work)
Is there any Future for Enterprise Mobility minus BYOD?
Can enterprise ‘mobility’ survive without mobile devices? Of course not! Then enterprise mobile will forever remain a highly appreciated theory and an imperfect practice? Without proper BYOD management, it will be that! That’s why Google’s acquiring of Divide is so much relevant and attracted so much of attention. Google, quite correctly has understood the point of concern of the modern IT. Their decision to purchase Divide shows how the keenness to develop a platform that would let companies to pose a restrain on the extent of internet accessibility that their employees may enjoy through their personal devices.
Reasons Behind Discouraging BYODs:
The recent hacks of some of the biggest computing networks in the world have made one thing clear – securing enterprise data should be the top concern of organizations. Why BYODs can insert a major lacuna in this effort? Here are a few reasons:
- Lost or stolen BYODs clearly impose a major threat against the mission to ensure data security. According to enterprise leaders, the missing or lost devices often contain valuable information about the company. The chance of successfully wiping off the data remotely from the device is less than 25%.
- Unmanaged BYODs are not good accesses for employees in restraining the scopes of data breaching.
- Android BYODs often become vulnerable to security threats if their inbound filters are applied to corporate devices.
Why Should Companies Formulate a Well-Structured BYOD Policy and What Benefits Would They Receive?
Locking down BYODs is one of the most convenient ways to reduce the risks of malware attack but in that way a serious setback occurs in terms of infringing employees’ right to privacy. Afterall, the devices belong to them. Apart from corporate utilities they have several personal things do through these devices. A well-formulated BYOD policy may strike the balance successfully between corporate usability, avoiding the risks and privacy. Formation of the policy should happen with adequate consideration of the following factors:
- End user should be responsible for backing up the personal data
- Clearly laid down directives and guidance for device maintenance, required support and pricing
- Organizations should have the discretion to request employees removal of certain apps
- The network should disallow a BYOD from receiving access, provided a user install any blacklisted app
- Clearly specifying the consequences that may follow if the policy is breached
The Points of Cheer for Modern Enterprise IT with a Solid BYOD Policy:
Experts believe if a well-oriented BYOD policy the modern enterprise IT successfully executes, in several ways it would benefit BYOD users and creation of personal cloud in a corporate environment, namely:
- Clarity for BYOD users: Empowered with a clearly structured BYOD policy, employees receive a clear picture of their rights and limitations in terms of usage. A policy like this delivers a clear message to users about why they should be refrained from using the devices as per their personal discretion.
- Better Control: The organization starts enjoying improved corporate control over the BYODs, adding more protection to enterprise data and finally executing the device’s policy to technical perfection.
- Better Protection to Enterprise Applications: It becomes easier for a company’s security network to provide security protection to many or any particular enterprise application from all levels.
- Implementing Enterprise tools: There is no way that an organization may put a stoppage over consumerization. However, organizations may come up with versatile and user-friendly apps to reduce the use of consumer-based apps for professional access.
BYOD: To Make Enterprise Mobility ‘Happen’ You Must Accept it:
Google’s acquiring of Divide is definitely not the central point of focus of this blog. However, I am bringing this topic back at the concluding section to show that it is not Google’s sole purpose simply developing a BYOD management platform but also they are trying to maintain the perfect balance between professionalism at work and pleasure at personal level. This very finding provides a stronger platform to what I have been discussing above in the blog. Theoretically, there will be a point where Cloud Computing and Enterprise Mobility should meet and that will be magical for enterprise IT. If for the fear of malicious attack over enterprise data and lack of control over users’ personal usage of their mobile devices at work BYOD remains restrained then neither the goal of mobility will be fulfilled nor enterprise IT will benefit.
Let’s come forward with the necessary measures! Let’s make BYOD universally accepted!
Let’s perfect Enterprise Mobility!
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