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Though massively popular these days, BYOD is not without its share of risks

There is no doubt that Bring Your Own Device or BYOD is a globally accepted enterprise trend today. We have already covered the enterprise scope of BYOD in one of our previous blogs. Today we take a different approach with the same. As with any promising technology, there are 2 sides of the coin. It might offer tons of advantages, but there’s always a catch when you get so much features. BYOD is not without its share of risks. Hence we take some time to bring to light, some of the most notable dangers with BYOD.

 

Lesser Data security

When employees work from their own devices, corporate data is being managed by independent devices that have no common integration with an enterprise wide IT architecture and security policy. Even though enterprise applications are installed to restrict openness of such data, these restrictions can be bypassed by tech savvy employees. A stolen device is also a high security risk in this regard.

Facilitates 3rd party access to sensitive data

Users may use enterprise apps to work on the corporate data on their devices, but they also install and use 3rd party apps on their own device which if exploited could lead to parties outside your organizational framework accessing highly confidential data.

Challenges in metrics and analysis

When data is created, organized, analyzed and worked upon in different devices and at different locations without a proper integration with organizational communication infrastructure, then making a call on productivity as well as efficiency measurement is next to impossible. It opens up relatively odd challenges where the company’s operational metrics relies purely on the assertion that employees will follow a common and ethical operational code to allow their work to be tracked effectively.

Compromise in device and network security

When working from an organizational infrastructure, corporate data is handled only by devices that have been secured by defensive software and also connected to networks that have been shielded well against intrusions and attacks. But with BYOD employees can connect any unsecured device to any unsecured wireless or wired network to work on enterprise data. This opens up a huge gateway for imposters to hack into and steal enterprise data or possibly damage them.

So before your enterprise guns for implementing a BYOD policy, make sure you have a proper understanding of these associated risks as well. Keep reading our blog for more such facts.