Gone are the days when a company-provided laptop was considered an entitlement that only the privileged few got to enjoy. This is the age of the dynamic workplace and getting work done on the go is what employees today value most as a privilege that would enable them flexibility and freedom to work on a personally-owned device.
Enterprise mobility has a myriad of capabilities on offer to organizations that largely depend on an “access from anywhere” corporate network perimeter. However, a BYOD policy can turn out to be a double-edged sword.
Gartner predicts that by 2017, half of the world’s companies will require that their employees bring in their own devices to work. So, what does it take for a company to feature in the 50% that is rapidly embracing BYOD with remarkable gung-ho? The answer is quite simple – A well-informed device management strategy.
The time to move from ‘block access’ strategy to ‘safely allow access’ is nigh upon us and the greatest impediment to its progress is fear – fear of the unknown.
The greatest fear that seems to have seized “Anywhere-ization” policy makers is that with a device that ‘feels” personal, employees would be all the more prone to neglect in implementing security precautions. For companies that do not have real-time threat information, mobile device management could imply lesser control than ever.
Keeping a handle on data leakage risks
A successful BYOD management policy needs the help of threat visibility to remain buoyant in the long run. Draft a policy encompassing data sharing rules, security measures, risk mitigation guidelines and best practices. Threat modeling for your business can help make the policy purpose-built. With most mobile operating systems being essentially open source, Malware writers can gain a better understanding of the OS and build more sophisticated threats. Enter cloud services, device syncing and rooting – all adding fuel to the fire. When control over individual precautionary measures gets complicated, the logical step is turning to real time threat monitoring that focuses on data protection and confidentiality.
Profiling network access and user behavior
One of the best ways to identify a BYOD device’s impact on company network is net flow analysis and packet-level inspection. Archive event data to visualize imminent suspicious trends well in advance. A monitoring system with next-generation Active Asset Discovery can provide visibility into file system integrity, active services and perilous activity.
Seek answers to the most important questions:
- Where did the issue originate?
- Which part of the network is under impact?
- When and how did the trouble begin and how can it multiply?
- Where are the vulnerabilities lurking?
Reach out to us for help in developing and maintaining a thriving virtual work environment where your work applications and corporate data will remain secure. We will make sure your BYOD policy is a win-win for you and your employees throughout your collaborative and extended enterprise.
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