How to Migrate BYOD Successfully Into a SMB

eThe growing trend for employees to use their own personal devices for work purpose made enterprises more enthusiastic to adopt BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy. But turning a small company into a BYOD workplace isn’t as simple as it might seem at first glance. There are a wide range of security and management issues, small business may face while dealing with this. In fact, due to their lack of resources, for small companies’ things might get even more complicated. But now even smaller companies can plan smartly for mobility. Here we discuss how small and medium enterprise can construct smart mobility plans.

Without a doubt, BYOD may cause problems and the main concerns are security and manageability. Here are the top 5 security concerns while deploying BYOD policy:

• Access to the network by an unauthorized user of an unauthorized device
• Unauthorized access to sensitive data that may be stored on the mobile device
• The Malware infects the mobile device and then the network
• Unauthorized access to the users personal information
• Stolen or compromised passwords

SMBs and enterprises differ in the resources available to them to create mobility plans, and it’s the planning that’s key to mobility success. Proper planning and the right deployment methods can help SMBs construct a smart mobility platform. Here are some key principles that a business has to implement to achieve an effective and secure BYOD scenario in the workplace.

1. A clear written policy: Many SMBs lack formal written policies regarding mobile rules of the business. Set up a mutually agreeable device policy among the employee and the employer. When an employee lost the device or leave the company, there is a greater chance of losing company’s delicate data as the devices are connected to the server. In this case, having a written policy is of utmost importance. The policy should include what measures or precautions need to be taken during such instances. (Once the employee leaves, the company data will automatically get eradicated from the device, separate password protection method for personal and corporate data)

2. Set smart strategy: With so many mobile options available today, it is easy to lose control if we select a wrong option. A mobility plan doesn’t need to be overly complex, but should address an SMB’s overall aim and expected benefits. Such an approach can help a company stay focused on the motivation behind its mobility efforts and the goals it hopes to achieve. In terms of planning, view mobility as a strategic priority and not simply as a device deployment policy.

3. Outsource the ownership and management of devices: SMBs likely to issue company owned devices are high risk takers due to inadequate security control. It’s possible that smaller organizations can outsource the ownership and management of devices, contracts and tools. Although there are risks and downstream costs, SMBs are still able to train their smaller workforce on how to do the important things.

4. Managing devices: Although most SMBs can’t afford full-fledged mobile management solutions, there are options to continue with BYOD but exact control over how workers use applications and devices. Cloud-based office solutions are cited as a possible big win for SMBs. Adopting a cloud-based email solution enables IT managers to control how workers’ access email on devices.

5. Mobile Device Management: BYOD seems perfectly tailored to the SMB allowing for cost savings on the devices themselves. However, just because they are smaller does not mean they are not affected by the same security and risks concerns BYOD presents in the enterprise. These means budget still need to be found in order to bring in the proper MDM, MAM or EMM solutions that fits their needs.

BYOD programs can help SMBs in rolling out adequate mobility strategies they do not alleviate all issues around budgeting and security concerns. Communication and employee participation in set policies is where these companies can really shine and make mobility successful and beneficial.