BYOD - What's it all about and why do I need to worry about it?
BYOD - or Bring Your Own Device - is now an established IT acronym that still serves to confuse business owners or gets IT Managers burying their head in the sand.
As a concept, BYOD is all about the growing trend of allowing network users to access their email and data via their own mobile, tablet or home "device".
Some believe that BYOD may help employees to be more productive where as others say it increases employee morale and convenience by using their own devices and makes the company look like a flexible and attractive employer. Many feel that BYOD can even be a means to attract new staff, pointing to a survey that indicates 44% of job seekers view an organisation more positively if it supports their device.
In theory - BYOD can be a great thing. The more users who are sending and receiving emails (at night, over weekends, whilst on holiday), the better – it does wonders for staff productivity - and hardly costs the business a penny.
But what about all that data - users having access to potentially invaluable intellectual property - on their own device, available at their fingertips, unmonitored, at any time of the day?
It’s the hidden costs that really need highlighting and reviewing.
The key to implementing safe and secure BYOD is through control. Control mechanics can be easily implemented via next generation firewalls, such as Watchguard's XTM series.
Is it now time to review your old legacy firewall systems? BYOD might already be part of your integrated network - have you analysed the risks you may be already open to?
Yellowspring have extensive knowledge of the reviewing security infrastructure, recommending suitable next generation solutions and then implementing them.
Please contact Maria West on 01268 494101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org