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How to Turn BYOD Security Risks to Your Advantage

  • How to Turn BYOD Security Risks to Your Advantage

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    Cisco found that the two main reasons BYOD has taken off so quickly are related to improved productivity and higher employee satisfaction. Mobile devices help your end users do their jobs better, faster and more happily. You can’t lock down their access so much that these benefits disappear. If you attempt to, you’ll not only lose these gains and the potential competitive advantage they bring, but you’ll probably also fail. Employees will simply circumvent your IT department and tap into public cloud offerings, which increases your enterprise’s security risk. You’re better off outlining a workable BYOD plan and deploying a file-sharing solution that is permission-based, and wraps sensitive documents in a layer of unobtrusive protection.

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How to Turn BYOD Security Risks to Your Advantage

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    Cisco found that the two main reasons BYOD has taken off so quickly are related to improved productivity and higher employee satisfaction. Mobile devices help your end users do their jobs better, faster and more happily. You can’t lock down their access so much that these benefits disappear. If you attempt to, you’ll not only lose these gains and the potential competitive advantage they bring, but you’ll probably also fail. Employees will simply circumvent your IT department and tap into public cloud offerings, which increases your enterprise’s security risk. You’re better off outlining a workable BYOD plan and deploying a file-sharing solution that is permission-based, and wraps sensitive documents in a layer of unobtrusive protection.

Like most IT security risks, one of the greatest concerns of enterprises today can be hard to spot – at first. The small, rectangular outline in an employee’s shirt pocket. The nearly flat case slipped into a worker’s bag beside his laptop. The increasing amount of business being conducted on touchscreens. These are recognizable signs of the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend and the latest nightmare keeping CIOs awake at night. Which documents are being downloaded to these mobile devices? Which ones are being forwarded outside of the organization or synced to a cloud service? And how can IT ensure data protection on smartphones and tablets not managed by the organization?

CIOs need to answer these questions now, before one of the greatest advances in productivity – BYOD – becomes one of the easiest ways to lose control over your company’s intellectual property. This slideshow features steps that IT should take to prepare for BYOD, as identified by Ryan Kalember, chief product officer at WatchDox.