5 Tips to Minimize the Risks of BYOD

When every employee has one or more mobile devices, IT departments have to take extreme measures to keep data safe.

Managing mobility can be a tough task. Especially with the BYOD trend in full effect. It’s an ever-evolving world of operating systems. Endless endpoints. Many media-rich applications. Bottlenecks and limited bandwidth. And if your IT department doesn’t have the capacity to respond to it all, efficiency will plummet.

To get on the path to a solid mobility plan, a multipronged approach is a must. Starting with a mobile device policy. This will ensure you set limits with your workers and help eliminate self- service IT issues such as file lockers. Utilizing mobile device management tools such as application management, remote configuration and security will keep you in control and in touch.

1. Determine deployment

While an on-premises solution offers direct control, a SaaS solution offers scalability and availability. Narrow the field to decide which is best for your organization.

2. Consider coverage

Choose your mobile device management solution based upon what types of mobile devices your organization needs to cover.

3. Take on tools

Based on your IT environment, decide what tools work best for you. While some products run wirelessly, others require manual installation.

4. Administrative assistance

Device inventory and help desk support among other administrative tasks can be taken care of with the right tools.

5. Strengthened security

As mobile devices are often lost or stolen, protecting the data they contain is key; but different devices require different tools. Determine the appropriate third-party tools to enforce encryption across all devices.

With the right mobility plan in place, your organization will reap the rewards of a more efficient and more agile workforce.

To learn more, download our free Securing BYOD reference guide.

Oct 10 2013