Technology changes every then and now, to keep up with the pace of this change IT Personnel have to be on their toes all the time. At the same time, they have to make sure their network security strategy is intact keeping in mind the increasing trend of employee who wants to use their own mobile devices to access corporate servers and data. This phenomenon is often called BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) or BYOT (Bring Your own Technology) or BYOMD (Bring Your Own Mobile Device). Like any other technology, BYOD have its own advantages and disadvantages. The driving force behind BYOD is the consumerization of IT. Employees have new self-sufficiency, freedom to choose their own devices. This program can reduce Corporate IT budget substantially as they don’t have to spend capital to acquire workstations. But the BYOD has a major cost implication of implementing strong network security policy. If the policy is not fully understood and regulated, it can threaten IT security and put a company’s sensitive business systems at risk. Businesses need to consider the full implications of allowing employees to access corporate data and applications on personal devices on which they don’t have full control. The security policy should be able to answer: which employees have access to what part of the database? What security measures should be taken if an employees’ device is lost, stolen or compromise? What happens to the device if employee quits the job? There should be a provision of remote wipe off of the device in case there is a risk of data being compromised. Increased use of BYOD brings flexibility and ease for the employees but at the same time poses a big threat to security and authenticity of the company data. But if the solution is implemented with proper planning this could be prove to be great asset for the organization. Employees are more comfortable using their own devices and by giving employees what they want, companies will ultimately benefit.There are some of the major players in the market providing BYOD solutions, ranging from complete solutions to more lightweight and user-friendly solutions. The key issue is to guard against data loss or leakage. However, an effective BYOD solution will enable you to secure the data, not only the device. With this approach, IT departments can take a complete advantage of the flexibility this solution offers.
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