How many of you have heard of BYOD? It stands for bring yourown device to work and it is starting to catch on in the corporate world. Whydo you ask? With the explosion of mobile devices it is cheaper and at timeseasier to allow your employee’s to connect their own device to your network,but you have to be ensuring you have a policy and are ready for it. I will lista few pointers below….

Write a sound policy

Before you allow or are overtaken by BYOD, you will need todevelop and have sound policies in place. These policies should be developedjointly with Human Resources, legal and the IT department. They should alsoinclude your management team in your discussions

The key to the policy is too make employees aware that whenthey use their personal device for work, they will surrender some of theownership to IT in return for the convenience.

Supporting Personal Devices

To ensure success in your BYOD plans is to ensure it is openonly to users who have agreed and signed your policies.
To ensure that your data is secure and only authorized usersare accessing data from the personal devices you should.
·        Grant network access to only those who need
·        Control the ability to block certain applicationsor limit those applications
·        Require users to endure pre and post authenticationchecks
·        Consider requiring two-factor authentication
·        Ensure devices such as IPADS and tablets have acode to access them

How will you provide Device Support?

A mobile device management system is key to providing devicesupport. Some of the products are Juniper Pulse, Mobile Iron and Air-Watch toname a few. What you will find in most Mobile Device Management (MDM) is policyenforcement, remote wipe and lock are standard features. Many of theseplatforms include an internal apps store and troubleshooting tools. One thingto consider is most of these platforms requires a client to be installed on theclient device. This client costs money, so consider if the company or theemployee is going to pay for the client and the privilege to utilize the BYODdevice.

Who Pays

You will need to make sure that in your policy, you defineif you are going to reimbursement policy is. Are you going to reimburse forpart of the purchase of the device? Are you going to fund part of the devices monthlyservice plan if it has a 3G wireless card in it? Are you going to pay or havethe employee pay for clients such as the MDM platform?

Summary

BYOD is a revolution that is starting to take hold incorporate networks. Virtualization has allowed this to become a reality andalso allows it to be done easily and securely. You should start planning if you are going to allow and if so, then makesure you have your house in order with policies and the ability to manage thosedevices.