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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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