Not many people will ever ask if the mobile device trend is catching on, as there are over six billion cell phone subscribers in the world now. Coupled with the rise of the iPad and other tablet computers, we’re free to take our work home, or to the Caribbean. While employees have embraced not being shackled to their desktop in the office, IT managers, system administrators, and those responsible for data have been losing sleep, worried about where the data they’re responsible for is ending up.
Desktop-based workstations had a low risk of theft because they were secured in the building, and virtually impossible to lose. But with laptops and mobile devices, it’s incredibly easy to forget it in a cab or have it slip out of your pocket. There is also the seemingly constant threat of it being stolen. When company data is being stored on these devices, it raises a significant security concern, both internally and from third parties. Amy vendors or clients will only work with companies that have secure data transmission. This is especially true for proprietary data, or data of a client. When it falls into the wrong hands, the company could face an angry client, or even a lawsuit.
When a company used BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, the company won’t have access to these devices nor will it ever possess the knowledge necessary to upgrade and maintain every kind of device that employees are using. With company provided hardware, this was not an issue. But when employees start choosing their own devices, then that task becomes overwhelming. Aside from this, your company isn’t in the business of knowing the technical details of every device on the market, attempting to keep up with every employees device when it comes to security is just simply not possible.
While the Bring Your Own Device trend has been embraced, it also can create uncertainty, as employees may have wildly varying expense reports each month depending on the amount of data they’re sending and receiving. This can create headaches for the financial staff, as they cannot accurately plan ahead and project expenses. The positive side is that often times the company is absolved from purchasing the latest technology for employees because they’re willing to purchase it themselves.
System administrators are moving to mobility-based solutions that allow them to take control of the data that moves from their servers, regardless of the device being used. Access to files can also be toggled specifically for each employee, allowing explicit data control. This curbs authorization issues as well as issues arising from a stolen or lost device. Failing to have a firm grip on the security of your data is how bad habits crop up, and your company’s security can slip away. Enterprise mobility eliminates the main concerns of a mobile workforce, device management and financial management, so your employees can work securely from anywhere, and your system administers and IT staff can sleep soundly at night.