Creating Your Own BYOD Policy

in BYOD, Security

byod securityThese days, more and more companies are adopting the idea of incorporating the ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) technology in their businesses. In order to maintain a steady flow of information, and collaboration with all the other procedures in a company, implementing policies is very important.

The most crucial part in the creation and drafting of BYOD policies is often the initial phase. This is particularly true especially since there are many policy templates that are available online. While these templates may offer convenience, the specific need and requirements of a company should also be taken into proper consideration.

Enforcing BYOD Policy

Once the idea has been developed, the next thing to consider is the ongoing management and enforcement of the BYOD policy. While the policy can simply be announced to all the employees in the organization, the commitment to adhere to the policy needs to be documented.

At the same time, ongoing management also means staying informed as to what other individuals in the industry are doing with the BYOD policy in place. This is done by reviewing certain templates as well as industry studies. Changes in the BYOD policy of an industry may mean that there is a need to update the policy of the entire IT facility. At certain times, comments and feedback may be solicited.

Tackling BYOD security issues

Companies nowadays embrace the fact that BYOD technology is already a necessity. Even though the advantages are evident, IT leaders in a company often face security challenges that typically come along with the rapid changes in the industry. As a result, they are pressured to provide their end users with the most advanced and the latest technologies in order to stay on edge.

Pinpointing the real and specific issues covered by BYOD may be challenging, as it often involves identifying factors related to the size of the industry, among many other things. The following are certain factors that need to be considered when tackling security issues for BYOD.

  • The owner of the device. Gone are the days when all devices were produced by the companies. These days, devices may be owned by the user.
  • The person behind the management of the device. Modern technologies have allowed either the company or the end user to manage the device used.
  • The person in charge of securing the device. Accountability in this regard is very important because even though the device may be owned by the user, but the data is company owned.

Using Desktop Virtualization for BYOD

With Desktop Virtualization, administrators are allowed to run different operating systems, as well as applications on back end servers. This step enhances the security of the BYOD infrastructure by keeping the data off the main endpoints. However, it is wise to expect that Desktop Virtualization does not always stop data leakage. At the same time, desktop virtualization also needs to be user friendly. However, on mobile gadgets, it can only serve as a connection that the end users themselves need to manage.

Using Virtualization to deliver Apps to mobile devices

Generally speaking, there are two aspects of virtualization existing in various industries:

  • Ø Workspot –This application may be downloaded from the app store. The workspot mobile client is the only place on the equipment where the end user may be able to access corporate assets, such as data and applications
  • Workspot control – This SaaS services allows a company’s IT team to accurately configure and create policies to be used by the Workspot client.

Author Bio: Michelle Patterson helps companies understand and adopt new technologies in all aspects of their operations. She is currently working on new communication technologies that are promising a paradigm shift. This post appeared originally on the Web2 and More blog.

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