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Nowadays, employees expect unfettered access to corporate data. In fact, 68 percent of employees are already using their personal devices for work, according to a recent survey by Globo.

While there are many benefits to a “bring your own device” friendly workplace, such as increased productivity and lower expenses, companies need to think carefully when crafting their own BYOD programs.

Data security. Data must be protected in multiple situations: on-device, between network and device, within the application, and when an employee leaves the company or loses the device.

Employee privacy. Companies don’t want to be responsible for deleting an employee’s photos, and employees expect that their personal activities will not be monitored. This drives the need for companies to consider managing security at the application rather than the device level.

Network protection. Consumer devices are inherently insecure, leaving a lot of risk on the table. How do you prevent malware threats from infected third-party apps? And how do you keep jailbroken phones from corrupting your network?

Application delivery. With employees accustomed to the instant download capability of app stores, are you going to ban employees from using their favorite productivity apps, or will you find a way to secure them?

Financial implications. Your analysis is not complete without considering the financial impact of BYOD. What is IT’s role in supporting BYOD devices? How will you measure success?

To learn more about BYOD and understanding the various management strategies, download 451 Research’s “Getting control of mobile management disorder.”




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