The BYOD Revolution – 21st Century

When assiduous business administrators initiated an urge for access to corporate resources and vital commercial information on the go through their devices, many organizations took up the challenge and started debating on the concept of implementation of the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). The BYOD also called BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) and BYOP (Bring Your Own Phone) is the policy of allowing the workforce to bring and use their personally possessed devices to the workplace to gain an access to organizational insights, corporate information and applications on the go.

 Letting employees to access authorized corporate information from any place and at any time on their personal devices shows up to be a beneficial implementation as it provides better elasticity to official procedures and increased transparency to business insights and commercial information at any point of time. BUT, has anyone ever thought of the security issues it rears as the staff demands access to delicate corporate information on their indiscreet and unsecured devices? This way or the other, if the IT department of an organization shifts the security of any personally owned device higher, then the organization ultimately gets an access to all the personal information of the employee stored in the device. And this feature was never affordable at the employee’s end!

Now there stood another challenge of managing security in the concept of implementing BYOD. But it was soon eradicated with the release of a furnished concept of BYOD 2.0. The newly formulated BYOD combines mobile management functionality and limited access feature, that different level of workforce will have dissimilar level of access to limited and authorized information. In BYOD 2.0 (Bring Your Own Device 2.0), Device Level VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) are substituted by application-precise VPNs which mean security processes like encryption and decryption can be implemented on individual significant applications. This further restricts the employees to have access to some restricted information which could have been a better and efficient choice for the employee at that very point of time.


 Though BYOD bandwagon could offer a catalytic way to shrink expenses and boost overall profitability and efficacy of an organization, it seems to be very disruptive concerning security issues as it grosses control out of IT department’s hands. And this is the delinquency which needs be resolved in order to set real productivity to the organization by implementing BYOD policy.

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