Security: BYOD: 10 Tips Enterprises Can Use to Protect Their Data

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-09-11 Print this article Print
From the Start: Dont Fight It

From the Start: Dont Fight It

 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.
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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