BYOD can be implemented securely
Remote database support should be considered an important component of deploying any enterprise IT solutions. If an organization doesn't have the expert assistance it needs to ensure success, it's possible that IT implementation efforts will fall short of their potential, creating an unnecessary strain on the company's budgets.
One of the most important things many modern organizations are doing in recent years is allowing their employees to enjoy more flexible ways of working through bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies. But while BYOD has the potential to improve staff members' engagement and productivity while cutting costs for the enterprise, it also presents new security concerns. For many firms, this is one of the most difficult parts of BYOD, and it can be difficult to develop safe programs without the right policies and solutions.
BYOD done right
According to TechTarget, leading IT company Cisco has been able to allow BYOD without jeopardizing its sensitive information or mission critical applications. Steve Martino, Cisco's vice president of information security, explained to the source that one of the most important steps the company has taken toward effective BYOD is developing a plan to allow employee freedom while still enabling IT to stay in control.
"When an employee brings a mobile device and connects it to our network, whether it's to just do email or to use more extensive applications, then we have a set of trusted device standards, which is like us saying, 'You must be this tall to ride the ride,'" Martino said. "We check for things like antivirus, a screen-lock and pin code, encryption, [that] it can't be jail-broken – there are nine things total."
Martino continued that the reason this works is that it gives staff members a lot of choice over what devices they use. At the same time, the organization can ensure compliance by mandating that these varied gadgets adhere to certain requirements.
It's crucial for IT and employees to reach understandings about BYOD, eWeek recently reported, because it's easy for distrust to creep in. In a recent survey by Aruba Networks, it was discovered that many employees hide their device use from IT departments because they aren't sure these professionals are able to protect their personal and corporate data.
Avoiding these risky tendencies may be possible if IT can implement strong yet flexible policies that instill confidence in workers. Remote database support services can play a role in making sure compliance guidelines are being followed, and this may bring IT and BYOD users closer together.