Security: BYOD: 10 Tips Enterprises Can Use to Protect Their Data
From the Start: Dont Fight It
Â This is happening whether corporate IT wants it or not, so it's smarter to start embracing it. A recent Cisco Systems-sponsored survey of 600 IT and business leaders found that 95 percent of companies allow employee-owned devices on the corporate network in some manner, with 36 percent saying they provide full support of employee devices. It's always easier to implement controls on something if you are proactive and facilitating, rather than when playing catch-up or fighting the change.
Never before have so many different devices been brought into the enterprise, whether through the front door, back door or from anywhere else in the world. Bring your own device (BYOD) has become a huge trend as organizations look to reap the productivity benefits of a more engaged workforce while simultaneously making the company a more attractive place to work. Vertic, a digital ad agency, estimated that enterprise tablet adoption is growing by almost 50 percent per year; however, it also found that less than 10 percent of organizations are fully aware of the devices accessing their network. This gap poses a huge security and data loss risk for companies needing to protect information on endpoint devices such as tablets, smartphones and laptops. In the end, for whichever strategy you adopt to deal with BYOD, be sure to properly protect sensitive data while providing to your users the device freedom and flexibility they crave. With all of this in mind, Matthew Dornquast, CEO and co-founder of Minneapolis-based Code 42 Software, has compiled for eWEEK a list of the top 10 ways companies can protect corporate information and support this growing, evolving trend. Code42 Software makes CrashPlan on-site/off-site/cloud backup software for home and enterprises.