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The security guide to BYOD

Ben Rossi | April 10, 2013
With more companies adopting BYOD, security strategies should be re-looked.

It shouldn't be forgotten, of course, that the option still remains for CIOs to not let all employees bring their own device. Does the cost saving of not implementing a BYOD solution and security comfort outweigh the benefits of embracing BYOD?

"This is really a question every CIO needs to ask based on their business," says Haroon Iqbal, Sales Manager, Middle East and Africa, Watchguard.

"If a business has a large mobile workforce that needs to reach certain internal assets regularly, then adopting BYOD may have a high value -- higher than the cost of adding new security controls," he says. "However, if a business has a large manufacturing team, where most of the employees work in a factory doing very specific tasks, perhaps BYOD offers very limited value, and is not worth the trouble."

Nader Henein, Regional Director, Security Division, BlackBerry, adds that companies which require their employees to travel a substantial amount of time are likely to benefit most from implementing BYOD.

"Companies which are encouraging the innovative use of technology in enabling collaborating amongst all of their teams will also benefit from giving their employees the flexibility in the choice of device they use in these innovative processes.

"The driver here, then, is executive and employee satisfaction, with IT then having to go and find a way of securing these solutions, which, more often than not, involves limiting their capabilities and tends to throw satisfaction back into a vicious circle."

Looking forward to the next year, organisations need to focus on monitoring and enforcing access to information and linking everything back to identity, says Geoff Webb, Director of Solution Marketing atNetIQ.

"Employees within organisations, having had overly-restrictive MDM forced down their throats, have tended to revolt. Too often, these can also get in the way of business. It is more important to have a mobility strategy and manage mobile employees, not mobile devices."


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