Recommendations for BYOD Best Practices in the Enterprise

Organizations across the globe are trying to navigate the complexity of deploying BYOD programs and to bring order to the chaos of BYOD applications ecosystems. Corporate IT departments are presented with a critical task of developing adequate policies and programs to safeguard their organizations from security threats, and at the same time tasked with managing and monitoring a wide variety of mobile technologies. High on their priority list is also to ensure that their organization can use mobile devices effectively and to maximum benefit – which comes down to the need for powerful, flexible enterprise mobile apps.

IDC reported earlier this year that 40% of devices used to access business applications are employee-owned underscoring the need for enterprises to take a more comprehensive approach to BYOD deployments and maintain corporate control while also allowing workers to experience a desirable level of usage flexibility. By properly implementing tested and comprehensive BYOD strategies, organizations can avoid security threats and benefit from achieving the greater productivity and responsiveness levels which result from increased employee satisfaction and the capacity to access all sales and technical data at all times. To take advantage of BYOD and minimize security risks organizations need to leverage a mix of relevant mobile technologies supported by sustained corporate policies and best practices.

Fonemine recommends the following best practices for successful and secure BYOD deployment in the enterprise:

Set a corporate BYOD policy. The written BYOD policy that is in line with your organization’s requirements for security is the backbone which will support all your future efforts to maintain a successful BYOD program. The policy should clearly define your organization’s requirements for information and device security, include acceptable use policy and determine the division of corporate/personal ownership of applications and data. As a part of your policy, set protocols on device configuration including remote wipe as a way to prevent exposure of sensitive data in case that a device gets stolen or lost, or upon an employee’s termination.

Employee agreements.  Make sure that all your employees who participate in a BYOD program sign an agreement to follow the BYOD policy.

Educate and train employees. Introduce education programs to help your employees understand how to properly use their personal devices for work, and explain the reasons for device and application use limitations by clarifying how the use of unauthorized mobile technologies can expose the enterprise’s network to  security threats.

Create an authorized device list. Create a list of authorized devices and let your employees who are interested in a BYOD program know which devices your company will support.

Mobile device management (MDM). An effective MDM solution can provide your enterprise with management capabilities to streamline device provisioning, ensure data security, and provide secure access for employee-owned devices, enabling your organization to securely deploy its BYOD program.

Mobile Application Management (MAM). Using enterprise MAM solution in your BYOD strategy will enable you to successfully manage and secure your corporate data on employee-owned devices. In essence, an effective mobile application management solution allows your IT department to monitor and control distribution and use of mobile applications that access your corporate data. By using a MAM solution, you will have all the necessary controls to protect critical data, including data encryption, the ability to set role-based access policies, as well as the ability to wipe applications and content remotely from individual user-owned devices.

Key business apps and BYOD. It is important to identify which core business applications (CRM, SFA, content management systems, etc.) and business processes should be allowed on employee-owned devices, selecting those which magnify the benefits of BYOD and help to drive effectiveness and productivity in your organization.

Invest in mobility solutions which support BYOD. Enabling mobile employees with secure, integrated access to enterprise apps from their own devices is critical to support your business objectives and effectively deploy a BYOD program. For improved results choose a cross-platform mobility solution tailored to devices, business processes and work-flows used by your employees.  You can leverage the benefits of enterprise-grade security, key enterprise systems integration, and high levels of customization all in a single mobility solution by selecting one of Fonemine’s MobileForce Unified Apps. 

Explore Fonemine’s website to learn more about MobileForce Unified Apps and how they can complement your efforts to deploy a secure and successful BYOD program.

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