The troubles from BYOD and corresponding solutions

When talking about BYOD, the best defense is attack, that is, through setting stratagem in advance to achieve the expected results and to avoid the potential risks. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) has stirred all walks of business processes. Some enterprises are fully enjoying the convenience brought about by BYOD, while some enterprises are staying away from it. On the bright side, BYOD can potentially help companies save operating cost, help employees maintain happy moods and improve office efficiency. But on the other side, BYOD may also result in a series of problems and pitfalls in security and compatibility and other aspects. However, through education and planning, most of these problems and pitfalls will be avoided. Now let me show you the troubles result from BYOD and the corresponding solutions to the problems.

Data leakage: company’s sensitive data leakage is always one of the most concerned problems for companies. Employees bring their own devices into the company, which makes the concern of data leakage more serious. Employees may lose their smart phones or tablets, what’s more, these devices easily become targets of thieves. Once the mobile devices with company sensitive data get lost, the data may well fall into wrong hands. To avoid this situation, admin of the business should urge employees to encrypt all files relate to company with password, so the files are still under protection even if the device are stolen or missing.

Password leakage: just like we usually carry several keys, there will be several passwords that can be used to logon enterprise network or service applications on employees mobile devices. These passwords may be stored on mobile applications or directly on the memory of the mobile devices. Enterprise must establish a strategy to ensure the password won’t be stored on cache or applications on the mobile devices. An alternative strategy is to use special password storing application to properly store passwords if employees hope to save enterprise passwords on mobile devices.

Productivity decline: when employees begin bringing their own devices, they will spend much working time on the social networks, chatting with friends or behaving other things unrelated to work. How to solve this problem? In order to avoid this situation, all employees’ mobile devices should be connected to WiFi network provided by the enterprise. If employees are aware of the network they are connected now is within the enterprise, they will more beware of the online behaviors and don’t spend too much time on things unrelated to work.

Compatibility issues: BYOD will bring a lot of problems about devices and platforms. You hope company’s IT system and business process will support Android, IOS, OS X, Blackberry, Linux, Windows 8 and other mobile systems; while companies wish to support only one or two kinds of platforms, for the limited platform make the support from company to mobile devices easier.

Device Management: many companies are wondering how to manage a large number of mobile devices. Because of various types of devices and different operators, enterprise can hardly centrally manage all mobile devices. But companies can at least establish a set of network access control mechanism (NAC), such as PacketFence, and to control these devices via MAC address for each mobile device. Of course, this requires that employees agreed the enterprise to record the MAC address of their mobile device. But companies need to realize that it takes much time to manage all devices and activities of these devices.

Virus infection: compared with desktop, the risk of virus infection of mobile phone platforms is relatively less. Therefore, users of mobile devices must install anti-virus software for their devices. The enterprise should designate antivirus products for employees, and regularly remind staffs to upgrade software and virus database.

Compare all devices to human beings, the mobile device is like people in adolescence, and there always be many problems. Enterprise makes use of mobile devices to assist the business; it must face various potential problems. The best solution is to prepare in advance and then resolve the problems quickly and timely when they arise.