Despite some critics' concerns over the security risks that BYOD can introduce into enterprise IT environments, BYOD remains popular with organizations thanks to the cost savings and improved employee engagement and availability that BYOD often brings. BYOD certainly does create security challenges, but solutions exist to make employee-owned device usage secure and viable even in the most security-conscious organization. Here are three BYOD security solutions that resellers can capitalize on.
1. Cloud-managed wireless network security and access control
When it comes to BYOD, wireless network access is a key challenge. Enterprises must determine which devices can access the corporate network while on premises, which sections of the network or which corporate resources a given device can access, and how to enforce these policies and rules as new devices attempt to connect. Legacy wireless network management solutions can be complicated and difficult to access. Newer WLAN offerings, like Cisco Meraki, enable administrators to unify their wireless network management tasks in a single cloud-based portal, significantly easing the burden of creating and deploying BYOD security policies, segmenting the network, and controlling access to privileged corporate resources.
2. Mobile endpoint security
Even employee-owned devices that have been authenticated and granted access to corporate resources can still pose security risks, unfortunately. Because employees tend to be less careful in their mobile Internet browsing behavior and social network activity when using personal devices as opposed to corporate ones, viruses, malware, and other device compromises are more common—and a compromised device that connects to a corporate network can lead to data breach disaster. Luckily, mobile endpoint security solutions now exist to detect viruses, malware, and other threats on mobile devices in similar fashion to the way endpoint security software has long protected laptop and desktop computers. Communicate the need for endpoint security on BYOD devices to help protect your customers' sensitive network and data resources.
3. Enterprise Mobility Management
BYOD organizations are by now familiar with Mobile Device Management (MDM) platforms, which help give IT a necessary level of visibility into—and control over—employee-owned devices that handle corporate data. Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) is the logical evolution of MDM. While providing the same visibility and control tools as MDM, including remote wipe for lost or stolen devices, EMM platforms go several steps further by delivering enterprise-grade mobile productivity apps to cut down on risky shadow IT adoption, as well as many other features designed to keep BYOD from spinning out of IT's control. Organizations planning large-scale BYOD initiatives should seriously consider unifying and securing them with EMM.
BYOD can bring numerous benefits to businesses when properly implemented and secured, but security is absolutely essential both to preserve data privacy and to remain in compliance with all relevant legal requirements and industry standards. As your customers' BYOD security expert, you are in a strong position to guide them towards the BYOD security solutions they’ll need to adopt BYOD without weakening their security posture. To learn more about how technology can protect BYOD devices and corporate networks, talk to one of our security experts today.