BYOD encourages increased reliability and security

Dec 13, 2013

2013-12-13 Tablet User.jpgA bring-your-own-device policy has a plethora of benefits, especially within a small business setting where a smaller pool of employees participate in the practice for increased productivity and connectivity.

As more organizations adopt these policies, service providers are making more reliable, more secure solutions available to address BYOD security risks and other issues. As Forbes pointed out, users in the past had to deal with dropped connections and other service interruptions. However, as more businesses leverage BYOD practices, service providers are responding to the demand for boosted reliability. This is especially true within the telecom sector, as these agencies work to ensure that the service being offered can support customer needs.

In addition, companies are providing solutions for more secure file sharing and mobile data access. These systems, such as Memeo C1, have boosted protections in place to address security concerns amongst BYOD participants. These options include encrypting data in transit as well as data at rest, which protects business files from unauthorized access by a third party. Solutions also offer increased visibility of file sharing activities to provide opportunities to identify irregular traffic on the network that could signal a data breach.

Furthermore, customers are increasingly counting on their service providers to help them address a lack of in-house resources. According to CSO, a recent survey showed that 33 percent of respondents felt they lacked expertise in BYOD management and security. However, telecoms and security solution providers are helping to alleviate these concerns with their boosted security options and increased service reliability.

CloudTweaks also noted that cloud computing capabilities in connection with BYOD practices are also helping to make policies more secure. Many administrators worry that if an employee’s device is misplaced or stolen, any company-owned property is at risk as well. However, with a quality cloud computing strategy in place, data and content is stored in the cloud as opposed to on the device itself. In this way, BYOD security risks are further mitigated.