IT security teams are fighting two battles, the external threats, and the internal vulnerabilities. Cyber defense budget for a typical company nowadays has grown steadily in order to cover both bases. However, the IT teams are at the crossroad of deciding what to prioritize between employee convenience (thus their productivity) versus the security checks and policies in place to protect the IT infrastructure of the organization.
The two fronts are not mutually compatible, increasing the level of security means more checks, a higher level of regulation on how to use corporate computers and gadgets, which promotes inconvenience to the users. Employees will continue to find ways to increase their productivity in the face of tighter regulation, even if they end up shouldering the cost. That is how BYOD (AKA Bring Your Own Device) became prevalent in the enterprise.
A personal device is very user-friendly and convenient for the users, as they configured it to their liking and know how to use its full potential, anywhere and anytime. This is a huge contrast to corporate gadgets that are tightly locked down, with the do's and don'ts guidelines staring the users into submission or else a penalty will be imposed against them.
BYOD's flexibility cannot match a company-issued device. Companies are starting to realize that with employees voluntarily using their personal electronic gadgets in the office lessens the cost of the organization for the short term. Even corporate executives are the driving force of the BYOD revolution, as they use their own iOS-based or Android-based smartphones for business calls and correspondence and ditching their security-locked Blackberry-based devices.
The rise of BYOD is a nightmare for IT security teams. The mobile device market is flooded with smart devices ranging from ultra cheap to crazy $1,000+ device. There is no practical way to fully close the borders of the corporate network from external devices. As employees bring their device to the office environment, is another opportunity for "Bring Corporate Confidential Data Home" and "Bring Your Own Virus" scenarios.
In order to help IT Support Professionals, the following tips can help them with answering the BYOD Challenge:
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