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BYOD platform overview

Bring your own device (BYOD) empowers employees to use their personal smartphones, tablets, laptops and wearables to access enterprise data from anywhere. To maintain cybersecurity, organizations must balance restrictions on sensitive company data with user productivity. A BYOD solution will allow IT, a corporate persona or container to control who has access and to what data. With more remote workers than ever, having the right technology and a well-thought-out BYOD policy and BYOD management in place has become an imperative to mitigate potential vulnerabilities.

To maintain a good security posture for BYOD policies, an organization would need to manage devices by combining modern and traditional management while supporting nonstandard devices at the same level as standard ones. IT departments must also overcome the risk of compromised credentials and be able to detect infected devices that are attempting to connect to the corporate network, corporate apps and data, because they can cause a data breach.

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Benefits Expanded mobile productivity

When employees use their personal devices, you empower them to do their best work, whether they are at home, in a meeting or on the go, no matter the operating system, whether iOS or Android. With the right BYOD security policies, IT departments can ensure device security on company networks or public wifi, and for both enterprise and SME companies, by deploying security measures such as multifactor authentication (MFA) and granular permission to access sensitive information.

Reduced costs

BYOD programs can have the added benefit of saving your enterprise budget by shifting hardware costs to the user. You can say goodbye to corporate bulk purchases of smartphones or tablets, and to the tug of war that tends to happen when employees exit the workplace and need to leave a favorite device behind. Due to containerization, personal data is separated from corporate data and the employee can keep their personal information intact after leaving a company.

Increased employee trust

To drive maximum adherence to BYOD policies, employees need to know that you are protecting their personal use and privacy with your end-user license agreement and that the organization has the tools to enforce security programs and BYOD security solutions. Employee devices contain personal apps and data as well as sensitive corporate data. Thus IT departments need to implement containerization that would allow effective remote work and would mitigate any security concerns.

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BYOD software solution A comprehensive unified endpoint management (UEM) solution with BYOD capabilities can not only secure applications and data on a personal device but also provide AI, analytics and mobile threat defense to make sure no employee is bringing a risky or compromised device into your environment. UEM solutions with built-in endpoint security can help prevent data leaks, the use of malicious apps, SMS and email phishing, and malware, which are usually associated with BYOD security risks. Explore IBM Security MaaS360
Related solutions Mobile device management (MDM)

Take control of iOS, Android, macOS, Windows and Chrome OS devices—from smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops to ruggedized and Internet of Things (IoT) endpoints. MDM offers granular device policy and remote support to help customize device deployments for any use case.

Unified endpoint management (UEM)

UEM solutions continue the evolution from EMM and MDM to provide a single solution for all device types. They add mobile threat defense (MTD), AI insights, single sign-on and conditional access to provide a robust risk management posture without disrupting employee productivity.

Mobile Security

Without adequate and proactive protection, devices and their users are particularly vulnerable to conventional cyberattacks. These same endpoints and the employees behind them are helping fuel innovation and productivity for the world’s most competitive organizations. Mobile security can keep devices, apps, content, data and the network protected so modern businesses can thrive.

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Credico achieves 100% tablet policy compliance How does an organization manage thousands of tablets for a diverse set of independent sales offices spread across the continent? It’s not easy. But that’s just what Credico is doing. With MaaS360, Credico was able to improve its compliance enforcement and reporting capabilities—as well as its self-service portal features—to achieve total policy compliance, quick identification and remediation of security risks, plus dramatic cost reductions. Read the case study

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