Still in its infancy the B.Y.O.D concept has a lot of companies and influencers “land grabbing” to be the leader in providing a solution that solves the inherent risks when you allow employee devices into the work place. As we are in the MDM market we have our opinions on some of the top things IT managers need to consider from a management perspective.
One of the things companies need to know is simply what is on each phone that could cause a threat. This can be a bigger concern with Android more than iOS because Android phones are running different versions of its OS. With iOS, if there is a threat from an app then it will likely affect all iOS devices. With Android you need to narrow it down to the phone, OS and where they got the app.
Another consideration is email provisioning and policies, because a lot of security issues come from email. A lot of employees are just connecting to their company’s exchange server, but IT managers need to be proactive and know who is connecting so they can make sure the phone can be wiped if they leave or lose the smartphone/tablet.
Finally, companies should consider creating a policy or some strict requirements for B.Y.O.D. For example, IT should consider banning phones which have been jailbroken. Those phones can introduce more vulnerability into your network, and while it is the employee’s device, it’s still your network.
What considerations would you add? Post them in the comments below, or start a new discussion about this or any mobile ecosystem topic in our LinkedIn group.
Posted by Brandon Hill
I stumbled upon a press release from last week about ABI Research’s expected enterprise mobile data revenue growth over the next four years. The release highlights that revenues should top $27 billion by 2014 and has some interesting nuggets of information. Below is a preview of some of the findings, and you can read the entire release and more get more information here.
From ABI Research:
“But mobile data services revenue share by sector will vary on a region-by-region basis.
- The transportation and warehousing sector in North America has a smaller share of mobile data services revenue than more dominant verticals of government and healthcare. However it will experience the highest growth at 23% as this sector expands use of data services to improve operations efficiencies;
- Construction in the Middle East has slowed from its breakneck pace but it still an important sector maintaining 12% of mobile data service revenues through 2014;
- Mobile data revenues from the manufacturing sector in Asia-Pacific will grow at a CAGR of 15% to increase its share of mobile data services revenues to 26% by 2014. This region continues to be the dominant location for worldwide production of goods.”
How do you feel about this analysis?