Businesses can now drastically reduce their investment in corporate devices by allowing employees to bring their own devices and use them for business purposes, this movement is known as Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD). Businesses who adopt a BYOD policy can reap many benefits as can their employees, however there are also Security and Compliance risks to consider.

Effective management of BYOD is key, not only for monitoring staff performance in the workplace, but ensuring that sensitive company data remains protected. As part of our Business IT Solutions, we provide a range of BYOD Device Management Services and can assist clients with the creation and adoption of BYOD Security policies and smartphone & tablet compliance. Infinity Group are Microsoft Gold Partners and specialists in deploying Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security which is a market leading Enterprise Mobility Management application.

Here are the benefits of BYOD Device Management

What is BYOD?

Many businesses have implemented Bring your own Device (BYOD) policies in recent years to save costs and empower flexible working. BYOD is where businesses permit their employees to use their own devices for work purposes. They can choose to use their own computers, laptops, smartphones and tablets to connect to their business networks, work email and easily access work applications and company data. This is made even easier with the release of the new Windows 10 Virtual Desktop, which allows users access to their desktop from anywhere and on any device.

How can you manage BYOD?

BYOD can be effectively managed by your business implementing a Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) applications such as Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility + Security (EM+S) which offers Identity and Access Management, Information protection, Threat Protection, Endpoint Management and User analysis.

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What are the advantages of BYOD Device Management?

Bring Your Own Device promotes flexible working as employees are empowered to work ‘on the go’, outside the office and outside normal office hours. In many cases business who encourage BYOD witness increased employees productivity and morale. It also often avoids the need for them to carry around two separate devices which is particularly useful for those on the road. It also enables businesses to save costs as they don’t need to invest in as many new devices for their employees and generally productivity increases.

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What are the security risks of BYOD?

Often the business benefits of BYOD easily outweigh the risks. With employees using their own devices for work purposes it becomes a lot harder for businesses to manage who is accessing their data and the security of those devices. It is imperative that there is a BYOD Policy implemented to ensure devices are managed and secure. Other security risks include, malware, viruses, lost or stolen devices and data theft from disgruntled employees.

You need to consider the security risks of BYOD around employees bringing their own personal devices into the office and also those employees out in the field who want to attach to the business network from remote locations such as public wi-fi networks.

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What is Mobile Device Management (MDM)?

Mobile Device Management is a core part of Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM). Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) is a type of software that is implemented to manage personal devices. The EMM application we recommend Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility + Security (EM+S) which offers Identity and Access Management, Information protection, Threat Protection, Endpoint Management and User analysis.

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What is the difference between MDM and MAM?

Mobile Device Management (MDM) is often considered by many to be the same as Mobile Application Management (MAM). However this is not the case. MDM involves the control of personal BYOD devices whereas MAM involves the management of specific corporate related applications and the data within them. Depending on the setup, your business may need to implement one or the other or in fact both.

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What is a BYOD Policy?

Business who encourage BYOD will have a strict BYOD Policy to ensure they can fully manage these devices as company networks and data are being accessed by several devices. Part of this policy will inform and educate employees on how they are permitted to use their devices for work purposes without compromising security.

Typical BYOD policies should include:

  • The specific model and types of devices that can be used by employees for work purposes and acceptable use guidelines
  • Specific security measures – eg. employees have to download a BYOD Management application on their phone before it can be used for work.
  • Ownership of company data on personal devices.
  • Support measures – what level of support you can expect to receive
  • What to do in the event of an emergency – such as when your device is lost or has been stolen.
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We look forward to discussing your BYOD Device Management requirements in more detail. 

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