Empower employees to enroll devices by themselves.
Remotely manage only work-related aspects and respect user privacy.
Apply proactive and reactive policies to secure work data.
Restrict corporate data access on unauthorized devices.
Let employees identify themselves through two factor authentication when enrolling their devices.
Provision BYODs with profiles that manage and protect work apps and data just like on corporate devices.
Silently deploy work apps for your users and provide secure access to corporate resources through a unified catalog.
Separate and encrypt work data to manage only the work profile for enhanced security and privacy.
Set password policies and restrict sharing via clipboards, screenshots, cloud backups, unmanaged apps, USBs, and wireless network protocols.
Audit and revoke access to business apps and emails on unmanaged devices and encourage enrollment for secure access.
Implement a policy on the collection of data from users and inform them for adherence to compliance policies and regulations.
Set up a VPN just for work apps to secure work data in transit without intruding on user privacy.
Remotely wipe all corporate data from devices when they are lost and when employees leave the organization.
We have been using Mobile Device Manager Plus for over a year now, and it has assisted us in staying compliant with our organization's security and compliance policies. We are able to safeguard our customer data, track our devices, and implement policies over the air.
Syed Ahmad Rasool Sr. manager of technology security, Vodafone
Mobile Device Manager Plus is a powerful safeguard against the threat of corporate content coming into the wrong hands. This robust solution enables us to centralize all mobile devices on the same console as a web-portal which is segmented by countries. The access for local IT teams in each country is restricted to the mobile devices in their respective country, ensuring better security.
Abdoul Karim Barry Systems engineer, Microcred Group
BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, refers to the practice of allowing employees to use their personal devices, such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops, for work-related tasks. Corporate organizations have begun encouraging the use of employee-owned devices in the workplace because it allows workforces to seamlessly switch between work and play on the go. The adoption of BYOD not only enhances flexibility but also delivers tangible benefits such as cost savings for the organization. By leveraging their personal devices, employees can seamlessly integrate work and personal tasks, resulting in improved efficiency and work-life balance.
Permitting employees to use their own devices in the workplace promotes a mobile workforce and boosts employee satisfaction and morale, thereby increasing productivity. When lockdowns were initially announced, BYOD environments allowed employees to quickly turn to their trusty personal mobile devices to get work done, preventing a hit to productivity. Organizations can also save time and money otherwise spent on top-of-the-line devices and the training workforces to use them.
While organizations might want to cash in on the benefits of BYOD management by simply asking their employees to use their personal devices for work, there are a few serious risks to consider. When a personal device is used for work, there can be a lack of separation between personal and corporate files, leading to sensitive enterprise data being mishandled, unintentionally shared with unauthorized personnel, or accessed by malicious apps and foreign cloud services. The risk of data leakage further increases when mobile workforces connect to public, shared, or unsafe Wi-Fi networks and download third-party apps to access work resources.
With multiple personal devices accessing the corporate network, it is harder to differentiate employee devices from ones used by hackers to steal data. Sometimes an employee's device might be rooted or jailbroken or lacking a passcode, making enterprise data vulnerable to data theft. Additionally, if a device is lost or stolen, or if an employee leaves the organization, it can prove difficult to secure the corporate data retained on the device. This is why proper BYOD management is necessary as this emphasizes compliance and enforce the established BYOD policy on the devices being used.
While devices in a BYOD environment have to be managed to secure enterprise data, fully monitoring and controlling employee-owned devices can result in employees considering this a breach of their privacy and actively resisting BYOD management. Furthermore, inviting employees to use their personal devices can result in a wide variety of device types and platforms brought into the workflow. It can be difficult to ensure a consistent degree of control over all of those devices. To overcome these challenges, organizations must develop a clear BYOD policy and use a good BYOD management tool.
Defining a BYOD policy prior to implementation simplifies BYOD management in an organization. First, the IT team needs to analyze the organization's goals and determine what it wants to achieve from BYOD management. It is important to decide which device types and platforms will be allowed under the BYOD policy and the level of access provided. After this, the workforce's buy-in should be gained by informing employees about the policy, the level of control the organization will have over employees' devices, and the security restrictions that will be applied.
After a proper BYOD plan is developed, smooth implementation can be facilitated by a BYOD management tool. BYOD management software simplifies device sign-up and allows admins to manage devices from a central server. Once a BYOD policy is implemented, it should be regularly reviewed, and any issues that arise should be resolved.
Managing BYOD devices is all about being proactive. Start by creating a clear policy that outlines device usage and security requirements.Use Mobile Device Management (MDM) software to enforce security policies, configure settings, and monitor device compliance. Keep work and personal data separate with containerization features. Regularly monitor and enforce compliance to maintain a secure BYOD environment.
Containerization is a feature of MDM that facilitates the creation of a virtual container on devices under BYOD management to store corporate data. Containerizing corporate data clearly separates corporate data from the user's personal apps and data on the device, preventing their mixture. Using MDM tools, this corporate container can be exclusively managed by the organization, leaving the device user's personal files untouched, thereby ensuring privacy. This container can have restrictions applied to it to add a layer of security to sensitive corporate data. It can also be wiped when the employee leaves the organization and if the device is lost, ensuring that unauthorized people cannot access the corporate data.
For BYOD management, devices enrollment can be facilitated through invite-based or self-enrollment methods. In invite-based enrollment, employees receive invitations to enroll their personal devices, while self-enrollment allows employees to independently enroll their devices with the organization's BYOD management solution. These approaches streamline the enrollment process, ensuring a smooth and efficient onboarding experience for employees.