BYOD requires greater security efforts and workplace policy

January 9, 2015

The growth of cloud computing in offices across the country seems to go hand in hand with the upward trajectory of the BYOD trend. Business leaders from across the globe realize the benefits of both trends. When it comes to BYOD, they are able to cut costs by encouraging employees to use their own devices. This has also eliminated a company’s dependence on a certain place of work. Desktop computers and landline phones are no longer required. Instead, personal laptopsĀ  and mobile phones have taken their place.

Employees may prefer BYOD because it enables them to work throughout the day with the comfort of their own devices. Also, company savings could lead to greater workplace benefits.

Yet despite the growing popularity of this technological strategy, many employers have yet to adopt it because of cybersecurity concerns. They read about data breaches and the news and decide to go with safer, more traditional workplace methods that may also be much slower and less efficient. IT managers and tech engineers have the responsibility of remedying these widespread concerns. In the meantime, chief executives would be wise to establish a BYOD policy that could mitigate risks and clarify guidelines for participants.

Security is the main impediment to BYOD growth
Industry analyst Gartner forecasts that by 2017, more than 50 percent of companies will require employees to use their own devices for work, according to Business News Daily. Yet despite the emergence of this trend, cybersecurity is a serious threat to further proliferation. Gerald Hetrick, chief operations officer at Vox Mobile, told the news source that BYOD policy is of the utmost importance.

“Despite growing acceptance of the BYOD phenomenon, serious security concerns remain, including the possibility of data falling into the wrong hands via lost or stolen devices or lax security practices on the part of the device owner,” Hetrick told the news source.

Survey identifies widespread concerns
A survey recently conducted by Kensington, a computing accessories company, found that 73 percent of respondents believe BYOD introduces greater security risks to their company. Nonetheless, 59 percent approve of the practice. The results indicate that business leaders have a strong interest in BYOD, but tech engineers must devise stronger security measures in the coming years.

“With the rapid rise in the use of mobile devices and laptops, organizations need to become vigilant in their ability to protect those devices from the risk of theft or loss that may put critical business and personal data in the wrong hands,” said Judy Barker, global product marketing manager with Kensington.