Enterprise Mobility took the world by storm recently with most IT firms heavily investing upon it. Creating a new wave of technology such as Location based apps, Artificial Intelligence and cloud computing, it also further lead to the concept of Internet of Things(IoT) all of which reduced the distance between possible and existent markets and producers, substantially, virtually. And there came in BYOD

Insight into BYOD

Bring Your Own Device, a concept which arose from the advent of Enterprise mobility, wherein personal devices are integrated into the work life of employees, allowing for remote access of data and reduced latency times, by a considerable margin.

Added to that is the advantage of flexible work times for employees and allowing them to work from almost any location. 40% companies have already opted for implementation of BYOD. A trend since 2009, it has started setting a firm foot in many nations such as China, Europe and the US(Brazil especially) and by 2020 it is expected that more than 50%, of all the global institutions, would’ve completely implemented BYOD.

The Indian Resistance to BYOD

Whilst India is one of the biggest IT markets on a global front, there has been a staunch resistance to BYOD from the end of most industries which could actually benefit from it. A survey by ISACA reveals that IT professionals in India continue to remain resistant to the BYOD trend.

Almost 46% of Indian companies prohibit the use of personal mobile devices for work to mitigate the risk to the enterprise, while this rate is below 30% in most other countries. Data security continues to be the single largest concern that companies have while considering a full-blown implementation of BYOD policies.

Why BYOD now?

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  • Better Equipment for office use.
  • Affordable and increased networking capabilities.
  • Overhead costs of organization reduced.
  • Improves work performance and ROI for company.
  • Increases employee satisfaction.
  • Increases efficiency, reduces latency
  • Better backup

But one might still have the lingering question: “what about data security?”, and this is where the professionals step in. With the currently available technology, the possibilities to secure device and data is almost infinite! A few features, just few, in the roster to secure data would be:

  • Remote data wiping capability.
  • Geo-Fencing
  • Virtualisation of a separate work environment within a single device.
  • Separate user profiles: one for the office and one for personal use.
  • Controlled access to social networking and e-shopping from the work profile.
  • Specialised corporate app store with work-aiding apps.
  • Capability to black list apps.
  • Device encryption to avoid unauthorised access
  • Real time traffic scanning and inbuilt malware removal tools

And given the customisation capabilities, the list may as well be endless.

Weighing the advantages and possibilities against the disadvantages in the current scenario, one may notice with proper aid, implementing BYOD is much safer than what it is believed to be and can serve as a good long term, cost cutting investment.

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