BYOD is an acronym for Bring Your Own Device, a growing phenomenon in the corporate world induced by the consumerization of IT. In the recent decade, employees have adopted popular consumer market technologies at home. As a result, these technologies and devices have found their way into business and government organizations. Many companies are embracing this phenomenon for the reductions in hardware and technology costs, potential boosts to employee morale and productivity.
Requirements & Challenges
There are several major requirements that need to be satisfied to make a BYOD policy a resounding success. Organizations and in particular IT departments need to overcome the challenges presented by these requirements.
1. Clearly Defined BYOD and Acceptable Use Policy
A BYOD policy can provide the integral guidelines for both allowed and prohibited behaviours. An acceptable use policy should clearly define hardware and software standards and user responsibilities. However, it is imperative to ensure that the policy is clearly understood by the users. The BYOD and acceptable use policy should not be a document that everyone agrees to, but no one reads.
2. Support and Manage Platform and Device Diversity
With the existing diversity of OS platforms and device hardware, a robust and comprehensive set of mobile device, content, application, and security management solutions that can seamlessly integrate with, cater to and support these differences, not only enables fast and easy adoption and transition, it enables efficiency and productivity.
3. Comprehensive Scalability and Control
Organizations are fluid and dynamic entities; therefore flexibility is very important. IT administrators need to be given the tools to remotely configure and authenticate access, manage, enable and disable restricted applications, and apply specific user or group policies.
4. Enforcement of Compliance and Security Protocols
A lack of enterprise security is one of the most worrisome requirements associated with BYOD. There is an urgent need for a set of solutions that can enforce and standardize security protocols, monitor IT infrastructure, protect stored and in-transit data, and detect improper and unauthorized usage.