BYOD and MDM
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is the next step in the consumerization of IT, referring to the increasing trend of employees bringing their own computing devices to work. Devices such as smartphones, laptops, tablets and even desktops are brought with employees to be used in the workplace, usually through a secure corporate network. These employee-owned computing devices can be used instead of or in addition to company supplied technology. The rise in workforce mobilisation enhances employee productivity and satisfaction; however it does come with its own unique security risks if not managed properly.
When employee-owned devices are connected to a corporate network, they have access to masses of company data. Mobile device management (MDM) is a type of security software which secures, monitors and manages mobile devices in the workplace. MDM ensures the security of sensitive corporate data and is emerging as an essential business process – as opposed to purely an insurance policy.
When considering device management and mobility solutions, Tecnica found that most companies are looking for: