Future Processing on BYOD

BYOD – how dangerous can it be?

date: 25 April 2017
reading time: 2 min

At first glance, the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend may seem like a great idea. However, is it really? What problems may your company face along the way? Is BYOD safe?

BYOD may be very tempting for companies – it helps to save money that otherwise would be spent on equipment, but also employees feel more comfortable using their own devices. This supports efficiency, productivity and of course mobility of their work.

So, where’s the problem?

Yes, you guessed it: security.

The biggest concern is data privacy. The use of multiple devices at once simplifies sharing of information, as well as, unfortunately, losing control over it.  Why? BYOD allows the data to spread more easily risking unauthorised access, or even worse –  losing the device. The results of this may be harmful to the entire enterprise, since obtaining such a device almost guarantees access to internal systems, data, documents, and non-disclosed client information.

The same issue appears when it comes to security control systems and firewalls. The installation of malware may happen unintentionally and may put the whole company at risk. Usually, hackers aren’t after the data itself, which may be precious for your competition. They are after a financial gain. So, security oversights may cost the company quite a sum.

Additionally, less serious, yet still problematic is the incompatibility problem. Each employee may use different operating systems or applications. Finding a way to unify them may take quite some time and result in decreasing the efficiency of the enterprise.

BYOD with all its merits can also make your company more vulnerable than ever. The key to its successful adoption is careful planning and standardised procedures during its adoption. Then all that is left is in the employees’ hands.

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