Using network restrictions to get the most from BYOD

Using network restrictions to get the most from BYOD

The bring your own device (BYOD) trend is firmly entrenched in North American corporate culture, regardless of how executives feel about the policy. The continued proliferation of mobile devices has made it increasingly difficult for CIOs and IT teams to prohibit the use of personal smartphones and tablets in the office. 

While some organizations opt for a corporate-provided device system, SI Organization CIO Steven DeLuca indicated it's not a tonic for those who are wary of BYOD in an article for Forbes. He noted that no matter what steps tech leaders take to limit corporate access on personal products, employees are likely to circumvent those restrictions

"Corporate-issued devices are used for personal matters and personal devices are used for business, regardless of policy," DeLuca wrote. 

While this may be a worry for some IT leaders, it's simply a fact they need to come to terms with. Rather than fighting the inevitable, they should take the proper steps to ensure their hardware and internal systems are prepared to manage such an influx of varied data sources. In particular, they need to implement guards that are able to protect networks to keep them performing at peak levels.

Network restrictions should be configured
In a recent article for InformationWeek, Julian Koh, an IT professional at Northwestern University, noted how his employer has limited what types of devices, products and systems can connect to in-house networks. He stated that the school does not allow network extension tools, as these systems are not able to be managed by internal IT teams. Also, Koh indicated that Northwestern limits access on devices that don't operate on large enterprise network settings. 

By configuring network settings to limit the usage of these products, businesses are able to keep their network infrastructures running at optimal speeds. Products and systems that are not tailored to access quality networks can give rise to performance issues that can impact all other aspects of an IT architecture. 

Slow speeds for one program could hamper the network's ability to host other applications, which could ultimately make an entire company inefficient. This is the primary reason why it's important to make networks tailored for BYOD access. Employees will bring their own devices into the office, and if access controls aren't put in place, workers will be able to use any smartphone, tablet or program on a corporate network, which could be detrimental. 

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