The Ten Commandments of BYOD

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Once a device is enrolled, it’s all about context. Devices should be continuously monitored for certain scenarios, and automated policies should be in place. Is the user trying to disable management? Does the device comply with security policy? Do you need to make adjustments based on the data you are seeing? From here, you can start understanding any additional policies or rules to create. Here are a few common issues:

  • Getting to the “root” of jailbreaking: To get paid apps for free, employees sometimes “jailbreak” or “root” a phone, opening the door to malware that can steal information. If a device is jailbroken, the MDM solution should be able to take action such as selectively wiping corporate data from the device immediately.
  • Spare the wipe; Send an SMS: If time wasters like Angry Birds rub against corporate policies but are not offenses, an immediate wipe is heavy handed. An MDM solution can enforce policies based on the offense. MDM can message the user, offering time to remove the application before IT hits the wipe button.
  • New operating system available: For BYOD to remain effective, users need a simple way to be alerted when a new OS is ready for installation. With the right MDM solution, OS upgrades become a self-service function. Restricting out-of-date OS versions ensures compliance and maximizes device operability.

The rapid proliferation of mobile devices entering the workplace feels like divine intervention to many IT leaders. It’s as if a voice boomed down from the mountain ordering all of the employees you support to procure as many devices as possible and connect them to corporate services en masse. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) was born and employees followed with fervor.

There’s no sense pretending it isn’t happening or saying, “We don’t let our employees do that.” The truth is, they’re doing it already and will continue to burrow noncompliant devices into your network with or without your permission. Forrester’s study of U.S. information workers revealed that 37 percent are doing something with technology before formal permissions or policies are instituted.  Further, a Gartner CIO survey determined that 80 percent of employees will be eligible to use their own equipment with employee data on board by 2016.

This raises the inevitable question: How will you support work force desire to use personal apps and devices while allowing them to be productive in a secure environment that protects corporate data? The Ten Commandments of BYOD, developed by MaaS360, show you how to create a peaceful, secure and productive mobile environment.

 

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