In light of the growing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend, companies first focused their attention on maintaining data and network security. As BYOD continues to evolve, Wired notes that the enterprise must broaden its focus so that solutions not only provide security but also protect consumers’ privacy and preserve device usability.
Some existing BYOD mobile device management strategies involve allowing the administrator to remotely manage a device, collect personal data, or add/remove restrictions. There is a growing concern among employees regarding this level of access to their private information, and a solution needs to be developed so that employees don’t reject IT control and companies can still leverage the positive benefits of BYOD.
Now, many mobile device manufacturers are looking to create devices that are “Enterprise Ready” from the start—devices that a consumer not only wants to buy, but that can also be utilized in a work setting.
One way to go about this is creating a dual-identity device with two separate operating systems — one for the consumer’s personal use and one for work purposes. This could provide a win-win situation that supports personal privacy while at the same time upholding enterprise data security.
Whether at the device or policy level, BYOD calls for evolving solutions to satisfy both companies and employees, and maximize the trend’s effectiveness in the enterprise.
If your company has a BYOD policy, how well does it balance privacy and security? What are some other possible solutions that could help achieve that compromise?