What is BYOD Security & Why is It Important?
Bring your own device (BYOD) has emerged as a popular trend, referring to employees using their personal devices to connect to their corporate networks and access internal systems, resources and sensitive employee or customer data. Such personal devices may include smartphones, laptops, tablets, etc.
As businesses increasingly support (and even favor) employees working remotely, the need to connect to important enterprise resources while on the go has made BYOD policies much more common. With that said, while many companies allow for BYOD, others may refuse to tolerate it due to the sensitivity of the work being conducted.
So, Why Implement BYOD Security?
With the proliferation of different personal device types and increasing adoption of BYOD policies, securing BYOD devices has become a critical focus for IT security teams today. Unfortunately, many organizations still cannot properly defend their networks from external threats brought on by vulnerable personal devices in use by employees.
In fact, while 60% of organizations allow employee-owned mobile devices to access their networks, less than 45% include employee-owned devices in the organization’s security management program.