Can BYOD be managed to avoid a work-Chernobyl, or is this a six-figure fantasy?

Posted on 06-11-2013 by
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Jon Hyman recently noted that 56.8% of employees use personal devices at work (with 70% of those employees using their smartphones). In light of these numbers, he says BYOD is no longer your option but your obligation.

It sounds benign – Bring Your Own Device - a play on the old BYOB acronym, with your employees bringing their mobile devices to work and enjoying their own tech in some kind of happy, freewheeling atmosphere. But BYOB only begins with the “bringing” and the “device.” It ends with the accessibility of your secure info and applications. Because of this, mobile-related security incidents are not uncommon. Nor are they cheap.

Check Point’s recently released mobile security report revealed that 79% of respondents had suffered a mobile security incident in the last 12 months. These incidents exceeded six figures for 42% of the businesses, including 16% who priced the cost at more than $500,000.

A six-figure price tag for your employees to bring their own mobile devices - that’s a lot of zeros for your implementation of this brand new acronym.

It all raises the question: Can BYOD be safely reigned in through policies, or is it going to take something more draconian to protect your network and security?

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