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June 20, 2017
If you can’t beat ‘em, let ‘em keep their cell phones. That’s what most businesses believe about whether they should allow employees to bring their own digital devices to the workplace.
Since most millennial’s are very Charlton Heston-you’ll-pry-my-cell-from-my-cold-dead-fingers – many businesses have resigned themselves to allowing personal devices all over the workplace.
Where we run into trouble, however, is when these devices start to access critical business infrastructures. Gartner is now predicting that by 2017 half of U.S. businesses will require employees to use their own devices at work. While it may be cheaper in the short-term, the chances are high that this approach will cost businesses big money long term.
We’re talking about the issue of network security – or the lack of. That’s why it’s imperative for managed service providers to discuss these issues with their clients sooner rather than later.
Here’s what managed service providers should know before they have this crucial conversation.
Best Practices for BYOD
Managed service providers will increasingly have to deal with BYOD as their clients increase their embrace of these policies.
Consider the following best practices as a starting place:
Insurance companies, health care providers, and other businesses that access private personal data could run into compliance issues in addition to the security risks inherent in BYOD.
BYOD Policies are Complicated to Maintain
IT teams are increasingly tasked with managing hybrid solutions that include on-premise legacy platforms, cloud data storage, SaaS, and now, BYOD. The problem is that each of these devices is a different make and model, and each has their own level of customization available to the user.
BYOD policies have been around awhile, and we’re still struggling to make these policies benefit organizations that adopt them. The ongoing success of BYOD for managed services providers relies heavily on proper management of the devices and their business clients.
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