Dodging BYOD concerns can lead to success

Connecting through BYOD could be a simple as settling security woes.

The road to any new technology success is lined with challenges that must be overcome This is certainly the case for bring your own device plans, which are caught between their potential for operational and budgetary advantages and a wave or fear among business leaders. Finding ways to surmount the difficulties and make BYOD a key part of the communications landscape could trigger vast changes in the way organizations manage and pay for their mobile devices. The differences start at the money saved by not purchasing a wave of new smartphones for employee use and continue from there, with best practices paving the way to effective operations.

Staying safe against malware
The need to deal with malicious software is especially pronounced in the BYOD sphere, as the resulting lack of uniform hardware may invite in new threats. A recent TechRepublic report tackled this topic head-on, noting that businesses should oversee their users' device configurations to make sure they are employing security tools, but not intervene in an extreme way.

The source explained that users don't want to have management constantly changing their personal settings, but they shouldn't be allowed into company networks on devices without any defenses. Mandating purchases of security software may prove unpopular and undermine policies. Staying aware of user settings but not forcing purchases could be a strong start for a compromise.

Government ponders change
Of course, once security policies become more confident and carefully planned across the board, big developments may occur in multiple sectors. For instance, Public Technology reported that a recent study passed among U.K. government offices by a phone service provider found that these organizations are generally allowing BYOD, and that those holding back are largely motivated by caution about security. This makes sense, as public sector information is highly valuable, but also points to an endgame in which worries are set aside and government entities fully embrace user devices.

The UC advantage
Unified communications plans can streamline the creation of new BYOD policies, allowing users to explore this space and change their operations. Business communications technology deployments that include a wide variety of endpoints offer a new type of efficiency for these businesses, creating a single interface that connects all employee technology into one manageable network. The changes that come with BYOD don't have to be shocking or troublesome for companies or their workers alike. In fact, the combination of familiar hardware and a well-integrated UC plan could create an exceptionally smooth transition. Businesses could be experiencing the benefits in a very short time.