BYOD (“bring your own device”) is a topic that many companies still struggle with. In an era when the vast majority of consumers own a smartphone, employees enter into work relationships expecting to use their personal devices for work purposes.
Although you may not be dealing with classified data, the value of your corporate information is highly valuable and should be adequately protected. Without a carefully constructed device management program, however, your organization could expose itself to data loss or leakage. BYOD risks are very real, and many organizations are turning to mobile device management (MDM) and virtual mobile infrastructure (VMI) vendors.
In this post, we’ll explore three important criteria to consider when evaluating BYOD solution providers.
1. Data Security as a Top Priority
Elevating corporate data security is probably the main reason why you’re evaluating BYOD solution providers in the first place. It therefore stands to reason that security should be a top priority when comparing vendors.
Most companies claim that data security is their primary focus, but how can you be assured that you’re partnering with the right vendor? As you perform due diligence on any third-party BYOD solution provider, be sure to identify specific answers to these vital questions:
- How will corporate data be managed with this vendor’s BYOD solution?
- Does the data come to rest on end user devices?
- How is corporate data removed from end user devices?
- Can corporate data be wiped from a lost or stolen device?
- How does the vendor leverage encryption to keep data secure?
- Does the vendor hold HIPAA, PCI DSS, FISMA, or other relevant compliance certifications?
- Is PKI Credential-based multi-factor authentication supported?
- How is the private data of end users kept separate from enterprise data?
It’s also wise to ask vendors for plenty of references, ideally customers who are similar in size and use case to your organization. Depending on your needs, it also may be prudent to perform several onsite client visits to gain firsthand experience. After all, implementing or changing your BYOD platform is a multifaceted decision that requires plenty of research, planning, and analysis.
2. Cost Alignment with Your IT Budget
Sure, security must be the top priority. That being said, your company doesn’t have an unlimited budget for BYOD administration. Traditional MDM platforms usually require an upfront software licencing fee and ongoing annual support fees. MDM software licensing and support fees can vary greatly depending on the vendor, industry, and the number of end user devices.
In addition to software licensing and support fees, MDM platforms can have substantial indirect costs to account for. How many employees from your IT department will be required to effectively administer the program? What percentage of their time will be allocated to BYOD? What is the cost of hosting the MDM solution within your existing infrastructure? Will additional servers be needed?
3. Ease of System Administration
By their very nature, MDM solutions enable end user access of enterprise apps and data. With so many different devices and operating systems on the market today, this can create an entirely new challenge for corporate IT departments. That is, keeping pace with never-ending bug fixes and security patches for a limitless number of end user devices.
As pointed out in a recent report published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce), managing security protocols for thousands of end user devices is a big job with many variables:
“A wide variety of mobile devices exist, and the security features available for these devices also vary widely. Some devices offer only a few basic features, whereas others offer sophisticated features similar to those offered by PCs. This does not necessarily imply that more security features are better; in fact, many devices offer more security features because the capabilities they provide make them more susceptible to attack than devices without these capabilities.”
An ideal solution should simplify BYOD – not create new challenges for your IT staff. Unfortunately, many MDM solutions create new administrative bottlenecks that are difficult to overcome.
Meet the BYOD Solution that’s Secure & Scalable
Our Hypori solution delivers a fresh and innovative approach to BYOD. Unlike traditional MDM solutions, Hypori is a virtual mobile infrastructure that bypasses many of the common challenges of BYOD. Hypori creates a physical and virtual separation between end user smartphones and your corporate data, ensuring no data touches end user devices. Hypori’s three-tiered approach and seven security layers provide a truly secure BYOD solution. Hypori also delivers a tangible cost savings by eliminating much of the in-house development work to support multiple devices and operating systems.
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