Enterprise Networking: Data Security in the BYOD Era: 10 Big Risks Facing Enterprises

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-04-17 Print this article Print
The Box Syndrome

The Box Syndrome

Adopting a BYOD initiative, by definition, leads to corporate data making its way onto a broad range of devices. Unless you provide a secure enterprise alternative that controls the documents themselves, users will often turn to consumer-grade file-sharing services that don't prevent documents from being forwarded to the wrong people. As recent security issues with Dropbox and legal issues with Megaupload have shown, the consumer cloud is no place for sensitive corporate documents. A recent Palo Alto Networks survey found that organizations on average handle traffic from 13 browser-based file-synchronization services.
Rogue and shadow IT have been problems for data and network security and compliance officers for a long time, but the rising number of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) proponents is threatening to become a much larger overall issue. Most organizations do not have the tools to ensure security of their data on just any device, especially when those devices will be by definition either partially or totally unmanaged. In addition, organizations are grappling with the challenges these pose for the enterprise network. Traditional security technologies that rely on endpoint security, configuration management, or establishing and controlling a network perimeter are ill-suited for a BYOD-friendly company, prompting CIOs to turn to more innovative, data-centric approaches as they come to terms with losing control of access to sensitive data. And make no mistake: 2012 is all about control of data. Our expert resource for this slideshow is Ryan Kalember, vice president of strategy at  WatchDox, which enables organizations to access, share and control their documents on any tablet, smartphone or PC—even those beyond the IT department's control.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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