Is your business looking to integrate the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy for improved mobility solutions? If your answer is positive in this regard, then this blog will assist in defining the boundaries for the solution. Businesses are increasingly using mobile devices for various operational requirements, making them productive. Mobile applications, remote work locations, and connectivity with mobile devices make enterprise mobility solutions more attractive for the business than ever before. In order to facilitate the growing employee productivity and satisfaction that includes mobile technology, BYOD solutions allow the employees to be more flexible with device usage with easier experience. As BYOD policies become widespread, there are still several myths that are surrounding the current technology adoption. The underlying BYOD myths form a layer around BYOD adoption that usually come from either various questions raised by the business or false information that is being spread about the policies. Many of the myths that surround the current adoption of BYOD can lead to a security situation. They might hold the basic principle of mobility technology, but they can confuse any user using BYOD solutions.
Here are some common myths associated with BYOD policies:
1. BYOD policy independent of the device
Every device is technological and platform-based different from all the other devices, and not all of such mobility devices will be suitable for business operation. If you have a certain application requirement will the device be able to satisfy them, most of the mobile-based solutions such as applications rely on for daily business tasks and workflows that make a device is compatible with such solutions.
2. Employees resist technology change
Most of the employees avoid giving enterprises access to their personal devices, having business applications on private phones leads to privacy concerns for the employees. The fear over privacy comes with the added need of installing security solutions on the devices that are mandated for most of the users who are using BYOD solutions. There has been growing fear by the employees that such access to personal devices could be used to spy on the employee personal communication. Most of the business applications installed do have security requirements but they do need a personalized action to perform such tasks. Most of the security solutions that are installed give access to device location but they can directly be turned off if required.
3. Employees can use their devices directly
Before any devices brought in the enterprise infrastructure, they need to qualify the BYOD policies that are imperative for the complete business. A number of tests will be conducted on the devices to ensure that they can satisfy the memory, security, and reliability needed for all business applications. Many OS systems have security faults, a need to ensure that there are security solutions that patch the operating systems or are constantly updated.
4. Implementing a BYOD policy
Having a BYOD policy in your business device usage will make use of mobile devices safer for the environment. But many employees tend to be using personal mobile devices even if you don’t have a complete policy, using various business applications to accomplish various business tasks. Implementing BYOD policies satisfies the primary requirement to maintain information security as more workers are trying to bring their personal devices for their operational requirements. BYOD policies should have a complete directive about the devices that can be used, condition –operating system and usage of business applications.
5. BYOD will distract employees
Having a BYOD policy in place will not distract your employees from work; it tends to make them more efficient and flexible. Traditional business leaders added that having BYOD policies will be distracting employees from their responsibilities. Mobile devices on a level have become an imperative part of any users life; they are used to communicate and stay in touch with the world. So a disconnect is impossible as they offer a certain level of distraction, but it can lead to improved productivity and business solutions. Having a mobility solution offers more benefits than the distraction it offers.
6. BYOD can cause security situation
BYOD solutions so far have relied on employee devices and awareness to face various security situations. Having a security infrastructure in place will assist the IT admin in managing the devices in better infrastructure reliability. Having BYOD security infrastructure in place would mean that you account for mobile security. When you integrate several of the mobile devices as part of the BYOD policy, you need to ensure that the employee complies with your standards for the complete security standards. Some of the basic security policy will include of not connecting the devices to open Wi-Fi networks and installing mobile security applications on to the device. Such devices need to be constantly monitored when they are accessing the business applications; having management solution should include layers of security network and manage the device access.
BYOD solutions and policies are making application management much simpler with added technology, platform, and an end to end data process. While most of BYOD solutions determine the usability and management, security still has been a far-reaching idea. Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) allows the IT admins to secure, and control mobile devices, desktops operated remotely and even Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Such a mobility solution can manage devices across various platforms, lockdown hardware, and secure data.
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