Can BYOD And Cyber Security Actually Coexist?

Is It Worth Having BYOD?

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Steven Lerner

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It is no coincidence that as the number of mobile security incidents increased in the past few years, so did the adoption of personal devices in the enterprise. Bring your own device (BYOD) policies allow employees to use their own personal devices to access company apps and data. However, this comes with immense security risks.

“First, if you don’t control what devices BYOD users can bring, there will be many flavors that may not be up to the level of security you demand,” said Jack Gold, president and principal analyst with J. Gold Associates. “Second, with BYOD, there is often a blending of personal and enterprise data, which causes privacy and security concerns as companies try to manage the device settings and user profiles.”

The inability to control devices owned by employees could result in more data leakage, malware infections, malicious mobile apps, and other security incidents. The lack of visibility into the mobile devices and the inability to control downloads is enough to make an enterprise reject BYOD.

Despite the security risks, there are many benefits for the employer and employee. The advantages of BYOD include improved employee satifaction, higher productivity, and lower mobility costs.

Enterprise Mobility Exchange surveyed its audience in June 2019 , and 71% of respondents said that it is possible to overcome security challenges in a BYOD environment.

Download this report to learn:

  • What are the biggest security risks with BYOD?
  • Is BYOD worth the risk?
  • How Walmart, the State of Nebraska, and other organizations are achieving a secure BYOD environment