BYOD juggleWhether your company has a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy established or not, employees are accessing corporate content on personal devices. And now, they’re doing so on the go. This should be seen as a step in the right direction as the ability to store and sync content from one device to another creates a collaborative, in-sync mobile workplace. However, it also creates new viable security threats. Since BYOD is not going anywhere, corporations need to implement a dynamic and context-aware BYOD policy that will monitor security threats, increase productivity and data protection, ultimately leading to mobile success.

The development of a successful BYOD policy allows for the seamless integration of data from one device to another. This data can be accessed through a monitoring system that grants certain people the appropriate data in a given location or setting. Everyone likes the idea that you can bring your own device into work, use that device to access and edit information on the go, and do so without putting your company and yourself at risk as it has limitless application. The freedom of full access to company data from your own device without risking security is ideal.

How do we achieve this freedom? How do we attain the ideal?

The first step in achieving freedom in your mobile office is a secure content server that offers encryption and authentication. This is key to a solution offering security and data leak prevention controls and lets you access secure data on your device, on the go, while monitoring and controlling the risk of data leakage. These content repositories ensure users have access to documents while remaining protected.

The next step is enhancing user productivity and efficiency through secure document syncing. Automatically syncing files across managed devices is what makes BYOD shine. Being able to create content on your computer and syncing that content to your smart devices allows for full access on the go.

But how does a BYOD policy ensure that the appropriate data will be given to the appropriate user? The answer is in location. Location is everything. A BYOD policy will need a location-based, context-aware mobile cyber security platform that delivers and denies the appropriate data in a given location. AirPatrol calls it ZoneDefense.

ZoneDefense features include:

  • Locationing for all mobile devices on both WiFi and Cellular
  • Precise device locationing accurate to within 2 meters
  • Mobile device monitoring console and real-time notifications and alerts
  • Integration with most major 3rd party mobile device & application management, network security and policy enforcement systems

When combining the components of a BYOD policy with the powers of location, we can achieve the ideal. We can have freedom, without the risk of breach. The traveling salesman can access leads, doctors can monitor patient’s status, and so much more. For registered devices, ZoneDefense can automatically change security and application restrictions based on device location and user privileges. Make some zones restriction free, and lock others down with airtight security. With the successful implementation of a BYOD policy, users can experience a secure environment that promotes collaboration and efficiency. After all, isn’t this the mobile world we’ve been asking for?

Featured guest blogger: Will Adams for AirPatrol