Bring-Your-Own-Device, BYOD is an innovative technology trend that empowers the workforce to use their personal smart devices to access corporate data, systems and networks.
BYOD policies enables employee personal devices such as smart phones, tablets and laptops are seamlessly integrated with the corporate data and networks.
Seamless integration of personal devices and enterprise systems brings seamless interaction capabilities and quick turn-around times. BYOD policies boosts employee mobility and integrates their work and personal lives. It creates a win-win situation for both workforce and management.
Though BYOD policies brings significant business benefits to the enterprises, they also pose critical security challenges that drives security and IT administrators under continuous pressure of safe guarding the enterprise systems and data.
Boundaries are diminishing with the recent trendy technology policies such as “Bring-Your-Own-Everything” BYOE policies allows employees not only use their personal devices such as smart phone, table and laptop, but also own applications and networks in corporate environments.
Corporate networks turns out to be more complex and tough to manage when infusion of apps, networks and personal devices are brought in to corporate environments. IT departments face significant challenges in controlling the devices and networks.
Enterprises that are planning to implement BYOD policies or that are already implemented need to focus on addressing the security challenges associated with BYOD.
Usually enterprises will have a manual or automatic approval process to authenticate the user devices accessing their enterprise data and systems. Automatic process has security concerns as it authenticates user device only by their username and password to provide access. Manual approval process is also a tricky one especially when it comes to larger organizations, network and IT managers will get perplexed to differentiate valid user device and hacker device that tries to intrude in to network and systems.
Companies that implement BYOD policies should consider “user” authentication rather than “device” with which user tries to access data and systems. Device dependent authentications will leads to less effective BYOD and increases the security threats.
Context intelligence would ensure enhanced security to corporate systems and data by scrutinizing each specific login against multiple factors such as time of login, location from which user is trying to access, type of device and network IP. Verification of these factors ensures only valid user devices access data or systems and other access attempts will be treated as fraud intrusions.