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What Is BYOD Policy in Networking?


Data Center Expert Ravi Namboori began his career after passing out of MBA from Babson University’s F.W. Olin School of Business in Boston, Massachusetts.

Over his career, he has held leadership positions such as director of IT at Glu Mobile, he designed and implemented a global VOIP system that reduced the company’s annual telecommunication expenses by 50 percent. Presently based in Bay Area, California, he has built many focused IT teams to deliver several solutions to various companies for improving their network infrastructure or to put in place a new one beginning from the scratch. As a Cisco evangelist & blogger he writes articles & video presentations on Cloud computing, Bigdata, Networking, IoT, Hadoop and on many technical topics.

Now here you can learn about BYOD- Bring your own device and its policies briefly.

Introduction:

Bring your own device (BYOD)—also called bring your own technology (BYOT), bring your own phone (BYOP), and bring your own PC (BYOPC)—refers to the policy of permitting employees to bring personally owned mobile devices (laptops, tablets, and smart phones) to their workplace, and to use those devices to access privileged company information and applications.

What is BYOD?

Bring-Your-Own-Device A technology trend that evolved to empower the workforce to use their own device to access enterprise data and systems.

  • Employee-owned devices such as Smart phones, tablets and personal laptops are allowed to use at work place.
  • Mobile devices are seamlessly integrated with enterprise corporate systems and networks.
  • Firms can leverage best from the BYOD programs by enabling IT teams to have proper usability to the systems anytime and anywhere remote accessing.
  • BYOD – Bring Your Own Device brings enhanced mobility in business critical processes.

Enterprise Policy……..

BYOD is an enterprise policy that enables:

  • Unlimited usage of personal devices in workplace
  • Employees access only non-sensitive data and systems from their personal devices
  • Enterprises have IT control on personal devices, data stored and applications as part of BYOD policy.
  • BYOD policy objects local data storage on employees personal devices

Value addition areas

  • Increased employee mobility
  • Better integration of employee personal and work lives
  • Brings quick turnaround times and seamless interaction
  • Win-win scenario for both workforce and management

Developing BYOD Policy…

While developing BYOD policy, enterprises need to consider the following:

  • Segmentation of users and decide on what depth of access should be given to each specific segment.
  • What type of devices need to be permitted to access corporate data
  • Device specific security policies
  • Need of well-defined service policies
  • Defining use polices

BYOD – Business Benefits

  • Driving innovation in to workplace with handy smart devices
  • Improved employee job satisfaction
  • Enhanced efficiency and flexibility
  • Significant cost savings to enterprises as employees use their own devices to perform corporate tasks

Risks

Though BYOD brings significant business benefits, enterprises need to consider full implications involved in allowing personal devices to access corporate data and systems.

  • Data gets in to nefarious hands when the device with limited password protection is lost or stolen.
  • Companies need to have thorough risk assessment and mitigation mechanism in place.
  • BYOD could bring security vulnerabilities in to current secured environment.

Security Policies…

Following security policies must be applicable like, Enterprises need to develop stringent security policies to defend security threats from viruses and hackers. Companies need to ensure all data protection commitments are fulfilled. Employees should be allowed to install specific applications in their devices. And data encryption techniques should be used while transferring data to and fro between corporate servers and personal devices

Finally a dedicated team that includes personnel from IT, legal and human resource teams should monitor and ensure all the data protection and security standards are followed. Efficient monitoring mechanism is needed to monitor internet traffic on employee smart devices. Action plan to respond quickly to data breaches. These things should be in a perfect manner.

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