The corporate scene about five years back was something like this: you saw an employee carrying a laptop and a cell phone to office, where the IT department would have configured programs and networks required to execute business. Fast forward to today, and you will find at least 70% of the same corporates doing things the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) way.
As a result, once-popular devices like the BlackBerry have now taken a back seat, while Androids and iPhones are now the norm. Almost one-third of the multinational workforce now uses their own mobile devices for their day’s work.
Even then, certain challenges do exist in the BYOD space. If the user has more than one type of mobile device, say a laptop and a smartphone, the IT department will need to standardize the programs on heterogeneous platforms instead of a single coherent one.
Although employees are constantly asking to be allowed the use of their own mobile devices, there are serious security issues that need to be considered.
It is a complex decision for employers, because the threat of leaking sensitive information through a public communication device is quite high. Security can actually be a major concern in case of BYOD. When your device is unmonitored, providing access to highly confidential work data can increase risks dramatically.
IT integration issues
BYOD can be tough when it comes to integrating all the necessary systems with everyone’s personal device. Smartphones are coming up with more and more features, making system upgradation a continuous learning process for tech teams at work.
The answer: cross-platform video!
Although enterprise video sharing can be an excellent idea to keep employees on their toes, personal devices vary in configuration and manufacturing concepts. In order to ensure that BYOD and video sharing are compatible with each other in the corporate space, video files have to be designed with cross-platform features. Some feel this is quite a challenge, as every video file format has some specific modes of viewing. But that’s changing with KPoint’s DIY platform.
A new stunning development is the use of apps that have accelerated mobile device integration in our everyday lives. Right from apps used for social media, to gaming, to education, one primary reason for the smartphone revolution is these apps. The utility of an app is limited only due to the limitations its developers faced in programming it. However, this limitation also heightens the risk of using BYOD devices within corporate domains.
Not everything is grim with BYOD. Even with some daunting challenges, we have the power to facilitate powerful modes of internal communication. BYOD is seen as a mode that can reduce overhead expenditure reasonably and help in better employee engagement.
Earlier, when companies were assigning their employees Blackberries, there was not so much fear of data leakage and damage. However, as companies are no longer testing the mobile handsets employees use, providing access to work-related data can call for two main security warnings:
Susceptibilities in apps
There may be weaknesses in the security aspects of the apps deployed by an organization. This may pose a serious risk while providing access to corporate data.
If too many apps are installed, there is a likelihood of security lapse or pernicious codes.
Employers need to understand how an employee will bypass the controls imposed by the management in case their functional needs are curbed by IT policy. No employee today wishes to underperform. They want to use the advantages of BOYD to achieve the best possible mutual benefits.
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