Do you miss working in the pre-BYOD era? Well, think about those dingy cubicles, the fixed office hours, the laggy internet, the grumpy old workstations and the archaic command lines. I bet you can hardly remember those fondly. If you still do, well, it’s never coming back. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is here to stay and so are the associated risks. Here is a round-up of the major aspects starting with some positive elements.
It gives the employees immense satisfaction, to be able to work from their own devices. The flexibility of switching to ‘work mode’ any moment even while on the move makes getting things done a breeze. Productivity soars when users are able to collaborate anytime, anywhere from their own devices. Working mobile enables employees to take care of urgent customer issues anytime even beyond the normal working hours, and customers, they love that kind of response.
Companies benefit from the use of top-of-the-line devices as employees tend to sport cutting-edge smartphones and tablets. The cost savings for a company from not having to procure devices for each employee is in itself a compelling reason for going BYOD. Attracting talented and dynamic workforce to the company– well, that’s just the icing on the cake.
Mobiles, by their very design are more useful outside the office and while on-the-go. A portable device is more likely to be stolen. In case of BYOD device, the data on the device is often more valuable than the device itself. Losing a device containing sensitive corporate data can have devastating business implications. Moreover, when an employee leaves the company the device cannot be retired. Without a full device wipe, some corporate data might still be with the user and could possibly get tampered with.
Going mobile is quite rewarding for the users but it’s the IT department that is left with the daunting task of managing this transformation. The different operating systems and countless device models add another layer of complexity. Setting up and maintaining the infrastructure required to support a diverse fleet of devices is no small feat either.
Enterprises have no control over what applications users install on their devices. Company data and assets are under risk whenever users install a rogue app or connect to an unprotected network. The mobile malware is consistently on the rise and has turned out to be quite a profitable business for attackers. New forms like ransomware can hold your data hostage and demand a ransom in exchange for a decryption key to unlock the data. We are currently witnessing the evolution of malware and it doesn’t look pretty.
Anything that can go wrong will go wrong
– a Bring Your Own Device implementation is no different. If you implement BYOD without a clear mobility strategy, you might end up losing more than just money. Your might still manage to bring about a few high-fives among your employees but the IT department would surely be scrambling to keep pace.
If you plan on developing an enterprise mobility strategy, here is a list of key considerations you might want to look into Six considerations for developing a successful Enterprise Mobility Strategy