Smartphones have infiltrated the workplace and there’s practically nothing we can do about it but adapt. This presents an enormous security risk since data from your business can go into employees’ private hands. While you may not be worried about employee sabotage, you should be worried about unintended data breaches by employee phones that are infected with Malware.
Regardless of the operating system running on it, a smartphone is still a small computer. Anything can breach it and even the smartest people end up getting an infection once in awhile. This is one reason why mobile device management (MDM) crawled out of the woodwork. But some people are not satisfied with this because of the concerns involving employee privacy. Another alternative has appeared recently called company-owned employee-enabled (COPE), which seems to present a more laissez-faire approach.
But there’s an even easier way to cope with BYOD’s burden: allow employees to access their work computers from their smartphones. This way, data is kept at the workstation and the employee can still access necessary materials. Currently, the only solution targeting businesses is independenceIT’s Cloud Workspace platform. With this solution, your employees will be able to log in to their workstations much like they would at your establishment.
Not only does Cloud Workspace give them control over the data they work with, but it also smoothly integrates telecommuting into your IT ecosystem. Whether the employee is connecting through a smartphone, a tablet, a laptop, an ultrabook, or a desktop computer, the user will be able to enjoy the full benefits of a work environment from any location he/she may be accessing it from, provided that there’s an Internet connection. This can greatly boost employee (and your own) productivity and add another choice to your decision in managing the impact that BYOD will have on your business.
The only surefire way to mitigate the possibly negative effect of BYOD is to make sure that work data doesn’t reach any device’s storage hardware. Cloud Workspace is a solution intended exactly for that purpose. Now, you know the three options you have. All you have to do is make a decision!