Finding security solutions for the BYOD office

Finding security solutions for the BYOD office

The number of mobile devices owned by consumers has risen considerably in recent years. It's no longer far-fetched to imagine someone carrying multiple mobile products with them at any given time. With both smartphone and tablet shipments rising each year, tech vendors have been placing emphasis on mobility. 

While this mobile-centric approach is typically viewed as only impacting the consumer sector, the professional world has also been shaken up by the rapid growth of on-the-go technology. Modern companies are now faced with meeting the demands of employees who want to use their personal smartphones and tablets in the workplace. 

As bring your own device (BYOD) becomes increasingly popular, companies have found they are able to benefit from the policy. When workers supply their own devices, companies can save significantly on hardware costs.

More mobility has allowed organizations to deploy unified communications (UC) technology, which enables remote work access. As a result, businesses are able to save on office space when employees operate out of their own homes. In fact, a recent TechNavio report found that the market for UC will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 15.85 percent from 2012 to 2015

Security for the mobile office
While UC solutions are certainly beneficial, IT professionals need to make sure their offices are ready to integrate the technology into their operations. According to Telepresence Options, one of the easiest ways to keep corporate data safe in a BYOD world is to require sign-in authorization for all applications and programs. While some employees may find this measure to be excessive, it will help secure all technology in the office. 

By pointing out how simple security measures can combat cyberthreats, IT leaders may help employees understand why security functions are important. They could conduct group meetings to outline the increasing number of hacking instances in recent years, or they can simply work with department managers to get all workers on the same page. 

Even if the best security protocols are put in place, they are useless unless there is comprehensive buy-in from the staff. While there may be pushback at first, employees can be swayed to adhere to best security practices if IT teams are able to convey how the company's security environment can impact their personal data. With more professionals using personal devices in the office, outlining that connection should not be an issue. 

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