No need to be skeptical about BYOD with these 5 measures

Many organizational leaders remain skeptical of implementing a BYOD program because of the horror stories they hear about data breaches, access to the technology and employees taking advantage of the program. But like many landmark advances to the way business gets done, BYOD and the number of programs is likely only going to increase as it is one obvious solution for creating efficiency throughout a business environment.

There are several options for securing a successful strategy. The following five ways can ensure a successful BYOD strategy and free leaders from the problems that may sometimes cause:

1. Set up a BYOD policy from the beginning

By setting up a set of rules from the beginning, employees will know exactly what is expected from them so that there is no confusion about what using their own devices in the workplace means. This also will allow organization leaders the ability to define any repercussions should employees misuse or take advantage of the use of BYOD.

2. Use an IAM solution to register devices

In addition to all of the employee accounts, admins also will have to set up and register all employee devices. In the beginning especially there will be a large influx of new devices that need to be added, which is extremely time consuming if it is done manually. An IAM solution allows admins to easily add the new devices by simply adding them in Active Directory.

If desired, they can also allow end users to register the devices themselves. End users simply fill out a web form that is set up for a work flow request, which will then be automatically be sent to the appropriate manager or department for approval.

3. A process for disabling users

Allowing employees to use their own devices can lead to a security risk once the employee is no longer with the company. Since employees will be keeping the devices, they may potentially still be able to access the company’s network. An automated account management solution will allow managers to easily disable the user from all systems and applications with just one click, ensuring that the network stays secure.

4. Set guidelines for the types of devices allowed

One of the top issues with BYOD is that there are many different types, brands, operating systems, etc. for devices. When employees register their device with the company, they then expect the IT department to support it and resolve any issues with the device, which can be a headache for IT. An organization needs to set, from the beginning, which types and brands of devices they are going to support. They can then use an IAM solution, which easily can monitor and ensure that only these devices are registered and used. When a user then tries to register a device, only those which the company supports will be able to be registered.

5. Security for compliance and audit needs

It is important that the organization ensures that BYOD also meets audit and compliance needs. IAM software will help the organization to ensure that on their device users only has access to the systems and applications which they are supposed to. This information can then also be easily accessed when it comes to audit time.

 

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adamg.biz
17 Dec 2013, 4:51 p.m.

The BYOD concept can be intimidating for IT staff, but there are strategies to minimize security risks and device management headaches. HTML5 technologies can allow users to connect to applications and systems without requiring IT staff to install anything on user devices. For example, Ericom AccessNow is an HTML5 RDP client that enables remote users to securely connect from iPads, iPhones and Android devices to any RDP host, including Terminal Server and VDI virtual desktops, and run their applications and desktops in a browser. This enhances security by keeping applications and data separate from personal devices.

Since AccessNow doesn't require any software installation on the end user device IT staff end up with less support hassles. Any user that brings in their own device merely opens their HTML5-compatible browser and connects to the URL given them by the IT admin.

Visit http://www.ericom.com/BYOD_Workplace.asp?URL_ID=708 for more info.

Please note that I work for Ericom

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