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Bring Your Own Device – Risk or Reward?

Blogpost by: Adam Stanier
From: vrijdag 25 april 2014

Many organizations now have a policy for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). It is usually the strength of the policy which will determine the success or failure of BYOD. The main concern around BYOD is security and the perception that mobile devices are perhaps an extension to the desktop. Clearly, this enhances the risk of data being available outside the internal network as well as the openness of accessibility to sensitive data via an external laptop or mobile device e.g. e-mail, confidential documents etc.

BYOD can arguably increase employee performance and engagement with ‘anywhere access’ lending itself to increased input from the employee as well as comfort.  Employees do not need to switch from one user interface to another. For the IT channel real-time access is particularly important as prices and conditions can change rapidly. The increased functionality and accessibility of business systems either online or via mobile Apps also allows teams working in the field to access information anywhere.

I see the advantage of BYOD for industries requiring on the spot information i.e. a wide network of sales people and engineers regularly out of the office. I think the risks of BYOD would not out way the returns for highly secured institutions like financial companies.

What do you think?

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