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BYOD Security - Balancing the Rewards and Risks

Bring your own device (BYOD) has made significant inroads within the world of business since around 2009. There are many extremely positive benefits to introducing a BYOD program. As a result of implementing a BYOD policy, many organizations have increased their productivity and reduced costs significantly. Others have said they use BYOD as a means to be perceived and respected as a more flexible and attractive employer.

Will BYOD Risks Outweigh the Benefits for My Organization?This is a question that any organization ponders before allowing employees and guests on the network with their mobile devices. Allowing staff to work anywhere, anytime and on any device can bring real benefits to business, but of course there are the risks to consider, and these can often outweigh the benefits in many ways.

Pros of BYOD

  • Costs Savings - Organizations can save money on equipping their staff with the latest mobile devices.
  • Freedom and Productivity - BYOD gives employees the ability and freedom to work wherever they are, whether they are at a branch office, at home or on the other side of the world.
  • Motivation - BYOD can motivate employees and keep them happy. Very few people want to carry and use a separate device just for business.
  • Availability - BYOD turns your organization into a company that is always connected.

Fears of BYOD

  • Security Management - Security is one of the biggest risk factors of a BYOD program, and every program should implement a set of robust security measures. One lost mobile phone could put sensitive business data into the wrong hands without the right safeguards in place.
  • Compliance – Ensuring only compliant devices are accessing corporate resources can be a worry with BYOD, and for some organizations can be a critical requirement in adopting a BYOD strategy.
  • Complexity – For many organizations, the fear of the complexity required to implement a BYOD strategy is also a significant hurdle. A BYOD solution needs to provide a robust security policy, but it also needs to offer seamless network and resource access for your employees and guests along with an ease of implementation. Many BYOD programs have failed simply because they were too complex for users to understand and use.

The End-Point Problem When we think about BYOD security, it is important to consider the end-point problem. Simply put, the end-point we are talking about here is any mobile device that is attempting to gain access to corporate network resources. The problem with allowing personal mobile devices access to the network without stringent security in place is that we have no idea what that device is being used for away from the corporate network, what harm it could do or how data is being accessed and stored when using that device. These risks are present with any unsecured and unauthorized mobile device, whether it is owned by employees, clients, visitors or business partners accessing your network.

Addressing BYOD Risks with Pulse Policy Secure The emergence of BYOD, virtual offices and mobile working has presented new and significant challenges to IT teams looking to deliver easy to manage, scalable solutions featuring enterprise-grade security. The BYOD program that presents the least risk to an organization is the program that uses policy-based controls, real-time intelligence, and allows teams to preempt possible threats and remediate problems. As a result of these challenges, more and more organizations are turning to enterprise network access control (NAC) solutions that help to create order out of the chaos that BYOD can often present. Pulse Policy Secure is the NAC and BYOD solution that addresses these problems, and gives you complete control of your BYOD environment.

Easy and Secure Onboarding of UsersIn a recent study carried out by Pulse Secure, 60 percent of enterprises stated that BYOD was a very effective way of increasing productivity and mobilizing employees. One of the most important factors of any BYOD program, and the difference between success and failure, is the easy and secure onboarding of users. Make the process of connecting too complex and your employees will be less motivated to use their mobile devices in the workplace. Pulse Policy Secure delivers seamless connectivity and authentication that streamlines this process. It also ensures that you get maximum uptake among your employees. Self-serve onboarding also helps IT departments to reduce the amount of calls being made to the helpdesk, and to lower support costs as a result.

Protecting the Network from Unauthorized AccessThe average number of connected devices per employee in 2015 is three, and these devices are often a mixture of corporate-owned devices and BYOD devices. Pulse Policy Secure protects your corporate network against unauthorized access of network applications or data by dynamically accessing the device before it is granted access. This applies to devices connecting over both Wi-Fi and VPN. Granular policy controls ensure that authorized employees or guests only have access to network resources based on their location, role, network, time of day, and other factors.

It is important to focus on guest access as part of your BYOD program as it helps to ensure that collaboration with your guests, visitors and business partners is fluid and open while also remaining secure.

Pulse Policy Secure - The BYOD-ready NAC Solution for Any OrganizationPulse Policy Secure gives you total control over your BYOD program and the mobile devices it encompasses. Featuring easy deployment, granular policy enforcement and open integration, this BYOD-ready NAC solution is all you need to reap the benefits of BYOD and reduce the risk.

Call 844-807-8573 today and speak to a Pulse Secure representative. Request a free demo to see how Pulse Policy Secure can help you eliminate the risks involved with managing cloud-based and data center access.