Do you know that there is 4.55 billion cell phone users today worldwide and among them 1.75 billion users use smartphones? Do you know smart phone users are going to account for more than 60% off mobile users within a year or so? All these data and predictions imply one thing, that is to say the penetration of smartphones is going to play even more bigger role in all spheres of life and business. Besides the positive implications and growth boosting results that increasing use of smart phone is experienced by businesses the security threats and vulnerabilities are also increasing at a rapid pace.
Naturally businesses and industries to exercise better control over the smart phone uses in workplaces are coming with new policies. Bring your own device or BYOD is the new approach to deal with the security threats posed to by smartphone uses in workplaces. For sometime BYOD has become the most preferred solution to deal with the Data security threats that are inevitable with the smart phone using workforce. Is BYOD is the answer to IT security at the present time? Here we would like to enquire this question in detail.
The Impact Of BYOD On IT Security
BYOD was introduced as the legitimate way to allow employees bring their own handheld device while complying with the organisational rules and regulations about the use of personal devices in workplace. But even then this new approach is not without its potential loopholes that can pose risk for data security in workplaces.
While BYOD helps boosting the workplace efficiency and productivity to a great extent while minimising the IT cost on infrastructure and IT hardware, such an approach also allows the employees to get extensive access to the mission critical company data and business processes right from their handheld devices. They can run corporate apps on their own mobile devices and this often poses bigger security risks for the organisations.
Apart from the challenges mentioned above there are other challenges that organisations need to understand when implementing BYOD. Organisations need to provide a separate layer of security that can prevent employees to use the corporate apps on their mobile devices when they leave the organisation or they do not seem to comply with the security protocols. Companies need to exercise additional layers of security to control the uses of their enterprise apps on mobile devices. While BYOD is perfect to implement a protocol for mobile uses in workplaces there should be additional layers of security on top of that. To tame the negative impact of BYOD and take advantage of the use of mobile devices by employees these additional measures are important.
Internet Of Things Makes The IT Security Even More Complex
The Internet of Things has come as a new environment allowing gadgets and interfaces to connect to each other and make provision for unprecedented ease of interaction with devices across the environments. The IOT solutions with its revolutionary possibility continued to make our environment and living smarter than ever before. From smart home too smart workplaces everywhere devices and networks are exposed to the connected reality facilitated by Internet of Things.
To deal with the ever increasing number of connected devices in workplace BYOD is no longer sufficient. For better security and monitoring the interaction across devices in workplaces you need to have additional layers and controls over and above BYOD.