Guest Column | August 24, 2015

Help Your Clients Remove The Dangers Of BYOD

By Geraldine Osman, VP International Marketing, Connected Data

Today, our working lives have become virtually 24/7 (of course, there are a few hours left for sleep, sometimes). People working away from the traditional office have become the new normal. To stay connected, employees use mobile devices for con calls, email and other business activity — even while on “vacation.” In fact, by 2017 Gartner predicts 50 percent of employees will have mobile devices for work purposes. So it’s not surprising then, that Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is on the rise in the enterprise. Some organizations are even actively encouraging workers to bring their own devices into the corporate world. That’s because BYOD can be a positive for organizations. When users bring their own device, it enables them to work anywhere and anytime, opening up new levels of communication, productivity and efficiency —plus the company saves on the cost of buying these devices for their employees.

This growing mobile workforce, however, also presents increasing challenges for your clients. With the advantages comes an often-ignored list of risks to company data. Whether it is saving to desktops, emailing, or using the public cloud, you as VARs, managed services providers (MSPs) and other trusted advisors would be wise to help your clients assess and address the following risks:

  • Data security. If users need a file away from the server, for ease they may save it to the desktop of their own laptop. This may mean they can work from home, but it also means company data has left the building and if the laptop is lost or stolen, the data is too.

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