Special Report: Making BYOD work

Chief information officers and enterprise IT departments face a myriad of challenges when allowing employees to bring their own mobile devices into the work environment. Issues related to management, support, security and access control abound.

One approach used by enterprises to get a handle on all those devices is mobile device management. An MDM platform can identify devices, limit makes, models and operating system versions that can access the network, and report network events, tying them to devices and users.

Security threats posed by BYOD keep many CIOs and IT managers up at night. The threats range from loss of sensitive data to the introduction of malware into the networks.

Enterprises can no longer ignore BYOD security or hope security issues will take care of themselves. They need to develop strong BYOD policies and employ technology to enforce them. Otherwise, their company will become yet another headline in the long, sad parade of data breaches.

While BYOD was originally viewed as a cost saver for enterprises, it has often resulted in greater expenses--particularly from the added management, support and security required. Gartner forecasts that supporting BYOD will cost enterprises $300 per employee annually by 2016, up from a current $100 per employee annually.

Enterprises that decide to allow BYOD should determine their "risk tolerance." Risk can take the form of sensitive data loss, malicious software introduction, device loss, or other risk measures an organization decides on.

The budgetary challenges posed by BYOD for enterprises will only keep multiplying, and there will be many sleepless nights ahead for IT departments as the trend accelerates.

This special report on BYOD will provide analysis and strategies to tackle the many challenges of BYOD and turn them into opportunities for greater employee productivity and customer satisfaction.