Bring Your Own Device

The myriad ways in which mobile devices are used have redefined the concept of “business”. Employees are putting evermore pressure on businesses to allow them to use their personal mobile devices for business purposes forcing organizations to consider the adoption of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs. Welcomed or not, consumers are driving the technology train with little regard for who’s on board. It is crucial that organizations have a clearly defined stance on BYOD whether they choose to adopt a program or not.

By opening the corporate door to personal devices, organizations are fostering an employee-centered working experience that benefits both the employee and the organization. However, BYOD goes far beyond ownership of the device. It carries many complex and unseen legal implications and security ramifications (reference our BYOD iceberg).

How can IT managers ensure they are getting the most out of their strategy while mitigating the risks? If implemented correctly, a proactive BYOD program can improve compliance, flexibility, device security, and network resource management.

10 Steps to Launching a BYOD Program

  • Assemble project team to include HR, IT, Finance, Legal, and Leadership.
  • Inventory current hardware, software, and corporate data resources and outline agreed upon objectives, requirements, and budget.
  • Conduct a risk assessment to understand known vulnerabilities to define security policies and procedures.
  • Draft policy to address acceptable devices, software, and data access as well as possible employee reimbursement.
  • Segment users into groups associated with assigned policies governing access to corporate data and applications.
  • Select the management solutions to meet the functional requirements of the BYOD program.
  • Train support resources and educate employees on BYOD policies and procedures.
  • Publish policy and get written consent from employees who choose to participate in the BYOD program.
  • Deploy technology controls to enforce policy and inventory authorized devices and users.
  • Continue risk assessments and refine policy as technology, threats, and environment changes.

Understand that BYOD is not for every organization or every employee. Thus programs should provide a clear understanding that by “opting in” the employee chooses to accept and abide by the terms set forth in the policy.

We Can Help

BYOD policies and practices will evolve as technology and trends evolve.  Laying a solid foundation early by properly defining your organization’s goals and guidelines concerning BYOD will put your organization in a better position to adapt to newer more innovative and productive ways of doing business. Let Notify help you assess your technology requirements, share best practices, and provide you the mobile management tools to accomplish a successful BYOD program.

  • Manage corporate and individual liable (BYOD) devices using an on-premise or cloud-based platform
  • Support a multi-OS strategy (iOS, Android, Windows Phone and more)
  • Set corporate or BYOD policies with various levels of permissions and restrictions
  • Separate corporate and personal data on devices with the ability to selectively wipe only corporate data
  • Locate, Lock, or perform Full Wipe if the device is lost or stolen
  • Distribute apps and files to corporate and BYOD users or user groups
  • Enforce jailbreak/root detection, device encryption levels, minimum OS versions and more
  • Set automated restrictions and alerts when a device is out of compliance
  • Export reports documenting device statistics, user information, and system alerts
  • Provide users a Self-Service Portal to Locate, Lock, or set Password Recovery