Did you know that about 56% of Americans now own smartphones, according to Pew Research? Many people are now bringing their phones to work. Most business correspondingly have a BYOD, or Bring your own device, policy. What many companies overlook, however, is how a lack of BYOD oversight can lead to dangerous breaches. Here are four things you should know about BYOD and how companies use mobile device management to combat loss or theft of data.
According to a survey by Enterasys, 75% of companies allow BYOD. Of those companies, an incredible 47% have experienced a security breach as a result. Although the knee jerk reaction might be to disable BYOD policies, there are several reasons device management is preferable instead.
2. Benefits of BYOD
When employees can use their own devices to work, the results are a decrease in paperwork, increased productivity, more accuracy in billing, and a streamlined workflow. Contrary to the old joke, employees are not just using their devices to play Candy Crush Saga more often. In fact, a study by Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Croup found that companies could save as much as $3,150 per employee every year by implementing comprehensive BYOD programs.
3. Where iPhone Management Steps In
The problem with unregulated BYOD is that valuable information is being stored on relatively unsecured devices. Not only can this lead to a loss of productivity or data if the phone is unable to be recovered, but sensitive information about customers and sales could be leaked if the phone is stolen. Mobile device management helps mitigate these security risks. Not only is the device itself made more secure, but the data can be externally extracted if the phone becomes lost or stolen.
4. Benefits of Quick Updates
When it comes to iphone management, not only is security an issue, but updates are as well. Cloud technology can allow IT managers to quickly update hundreds of phones all at the same time, rather than taking the time to go through and update each device individually. This helps eliminate gaps in security updates that might otherwise render devices vulnerable to intrusion.
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