has the potential to increase productivity, and can even decrease costs, but not all BYOD initiatives are equal. Employees embrace the ability to use their own devices for work purposes in the office, at home, and on the go, but businesses need to hold up their end of the bargain. It takes a well-balanced approach from enterprise IT management for BYOD to really pay off.
The issue of mobile security
weighs heavy on the mind of IT decision makers and is a main driver for the creation of BYOD policies. While concerns over potential security breaches, loss of data, and even regulatory violations are certainly valid, business need to be careful not to implement security controls that are perceived as overbearing by employees.
Overt Security Measures Make Employees Suspicious
Data security is not something only business worry about. Employees have their own concerns over companies spying on their personal data or tracking their whereabouts. When stepping forward into the world of BYOD, businesses need to view the issue of mobile security from both sides of the coin.
Overt security measures such as installing security controls on an employee devices raises suspicion and can completely cancel the positive benefits of BYOD. A recent study conducted by Harris Interactive
revealed that almost 50% of workers would rather cease BYOD activities than install a company-imposed mobile security application.
A Seamless Security Approach Drives Mobile Adoption
The best way to protect corporate data while still benefiting from the increased productivity brought on by BYOD is to implement zero-touch, non-intrusive security policy that is invisible to the user. Mobile security managed by IT on an application level is seamless and makes it clear to employees that their personal data will remain private without sacrificing user experience.
Providing employees with that peace of mind allows them to fully embrace BYOD. According to Cisco, the BYOD employees in the United States gain an average of 81 extra minutes of productivity per week
, resulting in an annual value of $950 - $3,150. With these kinds of figures, it is in the best interest of companies to fully support BYOD employees, and part of that means administering a seamless, zero-touch mobile security policy that does not compromise user experience, sensitive data, or the device.
To learn more, join me next Tuesday, August 5th at 12:00 PM ET, as I discuss "Mobility Security You Need with BYOD Your Employees Love
." You can reserve your spot here