For BYOD to be effective, policies need to be developed and deployed that support productivity, enforce security and operate efficiently to meet business requirements.
There are software technologies that can help.
Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) and Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions can help enroll users and enforce secure BYOD policies, such as identity management and authentication procedures. Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) has evolved to enable IT organizations to consolidate disparate programs for provisioning, securing and supporting mobile devices into a single solution. UEM can survey and report on devices enrolled with an IT department, and provide a single, dashboard view of their management. UEM solutions are also incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to surface anomalies in vast amounts of data and recommend actions to remediate malware and other security incidents.
Even with AI-powered software, effective BYOD is an elusive challenge, and IT organizations will need to consider help from services providers as well, according to analyst IDC (PDF, 658KB):
“As enterprises undertake or expand mobile deployments, they will need to get their arms around which deployment choices and which suppliers work best for them. Most enterprises will not be able to keep pace, nor will they have the technology, staffing, and processes in place or the ability to capitalize on mobile assets to deploy and optimize a mobile strategy to its full potential. As a result, IDC believes that the need for external IT services that can help enterprises plan, build, integrate and manage their mobility initiatives will grow in importance.”