Device management and mobile security in the workplace

BYOD [bring your own device] smartphone with business attire

Bring your own device (BYOD) is a business trend of permitting employees to professionally use their personal devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets.

Last week was Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, produced by the GSMA, and a headline from describes perfectly the evolving importance of the mobile ecosystem: “Phones don’t rule Mobile World Congress. The Internet does.”

Connectivity is crucial and research has consistently shown that businesses are integrating mobile devices more and more every year. If you aren’t exactly sure how BYOD works and have concerns, we’ll explain what your business could gain and how your network can stay secure with a customized BYOD strategy from TriTech.

BYOD [bring your own device] smartphone with business attire

Benefits of BYOD

An employee’s laptop connected to your corporate network for email is an example of BYOD; simple trend with substantial benefits. An effect from Consumerization of IT, a BYOD policy targets the same goal between businesses and employees: convenience.

  • Increased productivity. Employees are working with electronics that they are familiar with and can do so afterhours.
  • Preferred technology. Employees work with what they picked out on their own.
  • Decreased spending. Businesses are spared the cost of technology purchases and updates because employees already own or have the appropriate devices. Funds and time are also saved from training.
  • Management software. Mobile device management (MDM) and enterprise mobility management (EMM) are detailed below.

Benefits of MDM & EMM

Mobile device management controls and oversees the physical BYOD devices, application operations, network activity, and data availability. Enterprise mobility management controls and oversees wireless networks, MDM, and any other business computing functions that BYOD devices operate with.

  • Reduced downtime. Watch network traffic and restrict user access.
  • Increased security. Less data theft and viruses from intentional breaches.
  • Compliance reports. Settings to notify violators and take action if needed.
  • Permissions. Restrictions can limit and prevent the access, modification, or distribution of documents, files, folders, and drives – based on the user, device, or application.

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MDM & EMM for BYOD Risks

Every pro has a con that businesses hope to avoid with accessibility. Luckily, there are corporate device managers for BYOD to handle such risks.

Hardware loss
Problem: Stolen and misplaced electronics isn’t just costly when buying a replacement but also when you don’t know who has access to your business’ network.
Solution: GPS trackers and remote wiping.

Network congestion
Problem: Slow and failed retrieval of requests due to too many devices being connected.
Solution: App usage, monitoring what and how.

Accidental threats
Problem: An employee’s device can be compromised without you or them aware, opening your network and data unknowingly.
Solution: Network Access Control (NAC) and encryption.

MDM Solutions for Your Business

TriTech can help your business with BYOD integration and EMM services in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Madison, and across Wisconsin. To learn more, call TriTech today at (262) 717-0037 or toll-free (800) 891-3388.

The BYOD Revolution

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BYOD, meaning, “bring your own device,” is catching on in businesses across the globe. Why? Because people are consuming miniature computers and hardware like never before. Smartphones and wearable technology such as Google Glass and smartwatches are bringing in a new generation of flashy hardware.
Businesses are allowing their employees to utilize the smartphones and other hardware they already carry with them into work. It saves corporate expenses, but is it really worth it? The security risks associated with programs like BYOD are in a world of their own. Think of all those spy movies where someone breaks into a server room or the CEO’s safe to steal corporate secrets. With BYOD, employees could be bringing the key to the safe home with them.
Scare tactics aside, BYOD could be a revolution for business technology. Forgot to send that important email before you left for the day? Some day you could do it from your watch while you’re stuck in rush hour traffic—and you might be using your own voice to tell it to do so.
The world of conferencing is already seeing the benefits of BYOD. Conferencing systems, including those by Cisco and Polycom, are deploying mobile apps (usually free to download) that can join conferences in-session. Smartphones with forward-facing cameras can enable face-to-face conversations, whereas not too long ago pagers and payphones were the only solution for remote conversations.
Another example of BYOD in the workplace is how it can be used to increase security. In our previous blog, we noted that Google was working on ways for employees to embed wearable hardware into clothing. These devices can act as security cards, accessing computers, doors and anything else that’s locked for security reasons. No more passwords!
How BYOD will truly play out in the workplace is yet to be determined, but even the government is taking advantage of it. The White House has its own toolkit available online that tells federal agencies how to proceed before implementing such as a program. Whether you’re a small business or the leader of the free world, BYOD has a lot of attractions, but do make sure to “speak softly and carry a big stick.” In other words, while BYOD is a bit of a utopian idea, have security well in place.