December 10, 2012

BYOD not BYOB

Similar to the old "Wizard of Oz" lament, SMB decision makers must feel like it's, "tablets and smart phones and laptops, oh my!" The dynamic is changing among both new hires and seasoned employees who would rather walk on burning coals than have two mobile devices on their person.

Thus the concept of bring your own device (BYOD) is becoming a common theme among small and mid-sized entities. Employees want to use their own devices across personal and professional applications. However, there are pitfalls to beware of. For starters, allowing access to the corporate network and data through an uncontrolled device can be a big security concern. What happens if the device is lost or stolen? What if there is a situation with a disgruntled worker? Or consider the employee who gets a better offer and then takes their device (and the company's data) and shares the information with their new employer? What if a terminated employee decides to terminate the data and the network?

In response to those conundrums, Mobile Device Management (MDM) is a software system that can track, monitor, and even wipe clean devices in case of a potential threat. There are costs associated with MDM in terms of management, so engage your trusted technology advisor to assess your exposure. At the end of the day, the more potential leaks you plug the more secure and safe your organization will be.

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