Gartner is always predicting something. Earlier this year they published their top IT predictions of 2013. One of them jumped right out at me:
Through 2014, employee-owned devices will be compromised by malware at more than double the rate of corporate-owned devices.
What are the implications here?
We've talked about BYOD before. How do we secure the environment? How much responsibility do we have for the devices? How much will we save on equipment vs spend on support?
Gartner's prediction on BYOD malware underscores the need to control access of mobile devices to our networks. Recent research reveals that,
45% of businesses globally have five times the amount of personal mobile devices running on their networks as they had two years before. Yet, according to the same report … 63% of businesses do not manage corporate data on personal devices, and 93% have trouble adopting BYOD policies.
It's clear that there are a lot of companies that just don't know what to do with BYOD. Many companies are still struggling to find a mobile policy that makes sense, regardless of who brings the mobile devices. The go-to technology for organizations that needed secure mobile access used to be Blackberry, but with their recent headlines many buyers are losing confidence. And the Consumerization of IT makes it difficult for a company to satisfy a workforce with a device that hasn't been appealing to consumers. What is a company to do?
The most common advice out there seems to be:
- Create a mobile policy. Without the policy you have no standards and no way to measure the impact on your network. BYOD policy can be separate or be a subsection of the overall mobile device policy.
- Focus on access more than the device. Determine what kind of mobile access aligns with your business requirements, and then look at how the access will be deployed.
- Test devices and apps. Easier said than done, but testing is necessary to find lapses in policy.
Are you working on a mobile policy? What advice do you have for others?
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