Keep your users safe and productive with increased visibility and control over BYOD.
As enterprises like yours embrace a flexible workspace for the productivity benefits it provides, you must also address the risks inherent in letting employees use personally owned mobile devices, public data networks, and consumer applications. In a Forrester Research study, 12% of enterprises saw an increase in productivity by implementing BYOD.
Yet, the intimidating openness needed to foster productivity opens the door to a whole new set of security challenges. Your users are no longer limited to operating within the traditional parameters of their company-issued device or the corporate applications and network. So you need to be prepared to protect their information flowing in an anytime, anywhere, any-device world. In other words, consumerization is shifting your focus from securing the device to securing the user.
Your primary objective is to empower your employees with the productivity tools, applications and information they need to do their jobs. But at the same time, you need to mitigate the risks involved in handling sensitive information. And ideally, you’ll be able to do so in a way that is low-cost and agile to manage.
Your users perform a variety of job-related activities whether they are in the office or on the road. All of these activities can put your valuable information in jeopardy. You need to be prepared to secure the exchange of sensitive data in a variety of ways.
Consumerization has fundamentally changed the user environment’. Are you ready? In addition to traditional enterprise environments, you now need to protect additional operating systems, such as Mac, iOS, and Android. You need to secure widespread data sharing in new social applications and in cloud-based storage applications. Plus you need to secure data during transit over alternate network access points, such as VPN, WiFi, cellular, and cloud.
Ultimately, you will need to decide how much control you need for your particular environment. Do you want to limit protection to company-owned devices that access corporate applications with strict security controls? Or can you accept a bit less control and allow personally owned devices that increase productivity? Or do you want to find the right mix of the two depending on the individual risk—an executive accessing company financial results or an employee accessing email?
Regardless of the approach that you take, you can achieve complete end-user protection by gaining visibility across user activities and device usage. But will this increase your costs? The IT execs and CEOs that we surveyed did not see a noticeable increase in costs to gain the productivity benefits of consumerization in their businesses.
There are several security factors you need to consider when you create a BYOD plan to address consumerization challenges. Ideally, you will be able to leverage a plug–and-play architecture with integrated DLP that lets you cost-effectively start anywhere and grow. And cloud–based global threat intelligence will provide real-time threat protection and more efficient security by removing the burden of updates from endpoints. A complete end-user protection solution should also include the following essential capabilities you need to protect valuable information: