How-To Guide for Managing and Securing BYOD by AirMagnet Intrusion Detection Research Team
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is as much a sign of cultural change as it is an indicator of prevailing technology trends. Shifting work patterns and the need to be smarter and more flexible have neatly coincided with the proliferation of connected devices like smartphones, tablets and netbooks. For most it’s a marriage made in heaven. Users like the freedom, spontaneity and instant-on availability of mobile and portable devices. Employers like the creativity, productivity and extended working they encourage from staff. But, network performance and security concerns can arise when employees want to use their personal devices at work.
With the analyst firm Forrester predicting there will soon be an average 3.2 devices per user in the enterprise, it is clear that it is a trend that cannot be ignored nor halted. BYOD is here to stay whether we like it or not. However, steps must be taken, and taken now, to ensure companies are ready for BYOD.
So, what are the challenges of integrating BYOD with corporate networks in a way that BYOD does not compromise connectivity or performance for established wired and wireless users?
For those businesses and network managers ready to embrace and provision for BYOD, some key questions remain. How to keep a tight grip on security when network client machines are no longer nailed down? Can it be possible to administer the relative chaos of an ever-changing population of devices? How do you keep pace with multiple device types and operating systems? And that covers just the hardware. Behind every device comes a legion of apps or more accurately applications, each from a different software house, by a different author, requiring unimpeded access to a different set of network assets.
Compared to the buttoned up, locked down environment of the traditional corporate network BYOD is a different world.
To help network engineers and managers deal with this evolving issue, we have a new white paper that looks at the security and management challenges associated with BYOD, as well as the business impact and compliance concerns organizations need to consider. Furthermore, this white paper gives tips on how to successfully integrate BYOD, from planning, predicting and design to surveying, verifying and deploying solutions to help manage the wave of BYOD.
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