Using your own devices to work?

using your own devices to work

Are you using your own devices to work?

The world has changed. Coronavirus has forced people to work from home (WFH) and this could be permanent. a survey carried out by global workplace analytics. Revealed 68% “are very successful working from home”. with evidence like this WFH is here to stay.

According to a report compiled by Forbes, there is as much use of BYOD. As devices provided by the organisation.

During the research, it was also discovered.

  • 61% of Gen Y and 50% of 30+ workers believe the tech tools they use in their personal lives. Are more effective and productive than those used in their work life. (Dell)
  • 60% use a smartphone for work purposes while 31% desire one (Dell)
  • Companies favouring BYOD make an annual saving of $350 per year, per employee (Cisco)
  • Using portable devices for work tasks saves employees 58 minutes per day. While increasing productivity by 34%. (Frost & Sullivan)
  • about 67% of workers are using BYOD to delivery work for the business

None of these stats should come as a surprise.

Person computers are now capable of running business applications. people want the convenience of one device for personal and work. and most are happier working on their own device. now working from home is becoming the norm.

The interesting point about this. For us, as a security consultancy. is an exposure this creates for business. SMEs which have embraced BYOD but have not put in measures to keep control. They now need to ensure their risk posture isn’t compromised.

We see organisations go to great lengths to protect their data.

In the rush caused by the pandemic, organisations have been left with no choice. Staff where sent packing. If lucky they had access to a company computer. but a lot have been asked to work from home on their own device. Breaches will be had to any organization that has taken this approach and not addressed it.

Let’s take the average user in an SME. They come to work and ask could they access the email and shared files from there phone or tablet. This will help to be more productive. Of course, this also helps the company. no cost to buy, support or maintain the device. A win, win you might think. But I urge you to think again.

The risk to all those taking this approach. without putting in the necessary controls is the loss of visibility. you cannot protect that you cannot see.

unacceptable vulnerability comes as a BYOD with access to company data without visibility. Of course, there are options to overcome this.

Option 1. The organisation takes full control of the device. but this presents issues. The user will no longer be able to download new apps. run unsolicited applications, give the kids access to their games. It’s not worth it. So what other options are there?

Option 2. Intune and the right consultancy. by applying the right policies to devices. installing applications with controls gives visibility to company data. It does not remove any of the access or control from the owner.

 

An example to help. I imagine you use MS Outlook for email. and at present, if you want to copy information from the email to your desktop or another application you can do so. But with controlled applications, this would not be possible.

With Microsoft Intune. Restricting BYOD to only share company data withing a controlled application. which means at no point can the data become invisible? What does this mean? access from a home computer can become a safe environment for business data.

What does the future hold? could we be heading to a future of full BYOD and the company subsidising the employee?

Will you be using your own devices to work? Intune offers many more features to aid compliance and security. If you want to save money, make your team more effective and happier.

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