Enterprise Mobility Benefits Companies in Many Ways, Including Security

November 27, 2012

Bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives provide a variety of advantages to businesses, according to multiple reports. For example, BYOD can save companies money by allowing employees to work remotely, while at the same time leading to higher worker morale and productivity.

Because employees are using laptops, tablets and smartphones for work at increasing rates – with or without their employer's approval – BYOD popularity is forcing IT departments to develop adequate security measures, according to a recent Midsize Insider report.

BYOD security strategies
Although there are mobile solutions that can protect corporate data, that may not be enough. In a recent interview with TechTarget, Dave Trigo, vice presidet and CIO at The Hanover Insurance Group, said that while 99.9 percent of employees practice BYOD safely, "It's that 0.1 percent that can kill you."

Trigo stressed implementing security measures that will interfere with employees as little as possible. He suggested that companies work closely with vendors to develop these strategies.

Meanwhile, a recent Dark Reading report highlighted several ways small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) can enhance mobile device security for BYOD. To start, companies should develop extensive mobile policies, which should include procedures in the event a mobile device is lost or stolen.

"While the technical details are a big piece of the mobile security puzzle, policies and procedures are equally – if not more – important," Dave Glenn, executive vice president of security consultancy at Creative Breakthroughs, told the news source. Glenn added that employees should be thoroughly educated about these policies.

Company leaders and IT departments can also take measures to ensure mobile solutions are safe for corporate use. For example, Andy Singer, director of the SMB group at Symantec, stressed that employees should "have mobile security software installed and have their encryption features activated."