Security advances mean that BYOD is a safe option for companies today
By TINTSWALO BALOYI
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – TECHNOLOGY advances and the growing maturity of enterprise mobile management (EMM) tools mean that bring your own device (BYOD) is becoming an increasingly safe and compelling model for businesses of all sizes.
This is according to an information and communications technology expert, who mentioned the recent release of Android for Work as such advancements.
“Today’s employee doesn’t want the enterprise to dictate to him or her which mobile apps and devices to use,” Ernst Wittmann, Country Manager for Southern Africa at ALCATEL ONETOUCH, said.
“Companies that don’t have a formal BYOD policy will struggle to contain the rise of shadow IT in their IT infrastructures and may even battle to attract the best employees.”
Wittmann said consumer devices and apps are vulnerable points in the corporate IT environment since they were easily lost or stolen.
“Companies cannot put a BYOD strategy in place without the necessary policies and controls to mitigate these risks. Luckily, the tools to manage BYOD have evolved over the past few years, enabling companies to lock down security while allowing users to be productive on their own devices,” said Wittmann.
He said sophisticated mobile device management tools meant that companies could protect enterprise data and applications, even when they’re accessed used an individual’s own handset.
These tools simplify management of devices across platforms – including iOS, Windows, Android, and BlackBerry – and ownership models – including BYOD, Company Owned Personal Enabled (COPE) and Company Owned Business Only (COBO).
The solutions enable IT administrators to manage, provision, and activate devices, administer controls, push mandatory applications, and more. – CAJ News
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