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Discussion Board - Challenges of BYOD

Published Date: 
Jun 17, 2013
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Business Standard - Strategist

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has different connotations in terms of how the overall industry understands it as a practice, and how those closer to the subject and its actual implementation understand it. It doesn’t mean just bringing your own device
to work but it more about organisation workflows, security solutions and policies.

An understanding of how the workforce uses their devices could help organisations map out their paths. For instance, according to a focus group study conducted by us, senior executives access their corporate devices through the day and turn to their personal devices at night while field executives use their own devices in the day and upload the data on to their corporate devices in the evening.

There are four towers for managing mobility: First pertains to the device and policy. Some standardization is required in that regard. Next, draw out a two-fold security policy, addressing corporate and regulatory security concerns. The device itself should be secured to ensure there are no risks to any data. Define the limits of the content that can be rendered ‘open’ and make provisions for check in and check out services. There must be some level of compliance each time the user moves in and out of the corporate networks.

Companies are often wary of the regulatory challenges required for a BYOD policy. There are complexities with regard to the kind of information that can be displayed. For example, a medical professional with access to patient history and data that cannot be shared or shown to anyone else. Also, as devices move across geographies, laws governing data sharing will change. The BYOD policy must factor in this possibility.

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