Wednesday, 20 November 2013

What is BYOD?

Bring Your Own Device - or bring your own disaster?

BYOD is a term given to describe the growing trend of employees using their own personal smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices for work purposes and according to a recent statistics, “BYOD” is not on the radar for around 40% of companies but experts are warning against a dangerous lack of vigilance.

The risks of infecting systems and networks a massively increased with the integration of un-checked devices. "Whether they are ambivalent or embrace the principles of the BYOD movement, a company needs to protect itself from the fall out that can impact them through their staff using BYOD," employment law expert Edward Goodwyn of Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com, said. "Employees are using their own devices and bringing them into work regardless of their employers' views. As such, employers should either consider prohibiting BYOD for work, access to their system or their clients' data, or they should apply sufficient controls to protect them and their clients."

More than 40% of companies do not consider the 'bring your own device' (BYOD) trend to be on their agenda, according to a survey of IT leaders.06 Nov 2013

However, just over 25% of those surveyed expressed positive views about BYOD and said that their employer had embraced the "craze". "Where this balance lies ultimately will depend on the organisation’s corporate culture but employers should be very careful about a BYOD free-for-all," he added. "Organisations should consider implementing a well balanced policy to include the use of BYOD. It should deal with issues such as the security of individual devices, what functions staff will be allowed to perform using their own devices and the range of employees they wish to give those usage rights to. Equally, the policy should clearly set out what the sanctions are if the employees breach the policy."

The proliferation of non-Windows hardware and other employee-owned devices attempting to connect to the corporate network is seemingly a cause of great concern for many IT managers.

At the beginning of March this year, the UK's data protection watchdog published new guidance for employers on BYOD. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) stressed that organisations should remember that they are duty-bound to look after the personal data they are responsible for under data protection laws "regardless of the ownership of the device used to carry out the processing".

Companies must ensure that devices used for work purposes are password-protected, and that data is encrypted when being transferred as well as being stored, it said.

Read the original article here : BYOD 'not on the agenda' at 40% of companies but expert warns against ambivalence

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