Security: BYOD Environments: 10 Hidden Networking Costs and How to Overcome Them

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-07-30 Print this article Print
Cant Ignore this Issue

Cant Ignore this Issue

Ignorance isn't bliss with BYOD. If you fail to put a strategy in place for managing mobile devices, employees will still use devices on the network. But by investing in tools to gain proper visibility, governance and control, IT can work with what employees want while improving network performance. Bottom line: BYOD can be a win-win.
Bring your own device, or BYOD, in the enterprise is the recent trend that shows how far IT has come in understanding and responding to what employees want and need to be productive. Employees coming into the workforce, especially to large enterprises, now are expecting to use new-generation devices, such as tablets or smartphones, at work. If they are not supplied with one, they often opt to use their own. As you can imagine, this can drive IT and security administrators crazy. A well-equipped mobile workforce can accelerate productivity, but because BYOD signals a fundamental shift, costs can definitely add up. According to the Aberdeen research group, enterprises now spend an extra $170,000 a year per 1,000 mobile devices deployed in a BYOD environment. A typical BYOD enterprise model costs 33 percent more than the traditional corporate-wireless model, Aberdeen reported. Most of those costs, of course, entail staff time and software to install and maintain security and networking.  So BYOD is not exactly the cost-saver it appears to be on the surface. Our expert resource for this slide show is Brian Jacobs, a senior product manager with Ipswitch in Lexington, Mass. Ipswitch makes network monitoring software, network management software, file transfer (FTP) software and messaging software.
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 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 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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