Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a hot buzzword at the moment, and for good reason. This mobile phenomenon blurs the lines between business and personal, allowing employees to be more productive while on the go. BYOD has been a growing trend for a year or so now, so why are so many companies still hesitant to approve policies for the workplace? Along with its benefits, BYOD brings several inherent risks to the table, especially for corporations responsible for large amounts of sensitive information, such as educational organizations, hospitals, banks, financial institutions and other corporations.
In the educational sector, BYOD will become the dominant practice over the next five years. If we cannot protect user credentials and encrypt over the air traffic, researchers and others handling sensitive information cannot be sure their data is completely safe. There is also a higher probability of mobile devices being stolen than desktops or laptops. With all of these potential risks, how can organizations ensure their confidential data is completely secure?
BYOD is here to stay, and in the era of SSL vulnerabilities such as Heartbleed, offering easy to use, encrypted wireless for BYOD users has never been more important. Ensuring that students, staff and employees can access the network from their personal devices and are properly configured for secure access can mean support desk nightmares and endless frustration. Auto-configuration technology such as SecureW2’s JoinNow MultiOS product, is a WiFi configuration platform that provides a simple, self-service method for connecting end-users securely with WPA2-Enterprise encryption.
Banks collect and store data that is highly confidential. Because of the nature of this information, banks must adhere to stringent security requirements. When employees bring mobile devices to the workplace to house both personal and corporate data, they are opening up the device to potential security breaches from third party apps or vulnerabilities. A data breach can happen quickly and can be caused by a single employee’s action, such as a bank teller downloading a seemingly harmless game.
BYOD isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. It is imperative for corporations, especially those dealing with highly sensitive information, to jump on the bandwagon and adopt a robust security policy for dealing with this phenomenon.