I have numerous clients that are looking at BYOD, but they don’t have an idea of where to start. I will give you some high level guidelines of what to consider with a BYOD project.
Network Access Control – NAC
The first and foremost thing you need to consider is how are you going to secure your network? Since you are going to have a flood of machines that are not corporate owned or managed, you will want to be sure that you have the ability to place machines on the correct network and also possibly scan them to ensure that they do not have some sort of malware or spyware on them
If you do not have wireless deployed today of if it is only in key areas, you might want to consider expanding your wireless access. Most devices they days have wireless built into them. Some such as tablets that is the only way that you are going to connect them. So if you are going to allow tablets and notebooks, you will need to provide wireless
Virtual Desktops/Terminal Services/Citrix
You are going to have to have something for the person to access. One of the easy ways to handle this is to have them access remote desktop or remote applications. This will allow you to deliver the same experience no matter what technology they are using.
Mobile Device Management (MDM)
If you are going to have users with devices such as IPADS, Droid devices and smart phones. MDM software will be needed. MDM software will allow you to remotely wipe and also control what is installed on the mobile devices. It will also help you enforce corporate policies while still allowing users to access their own applications.
BYOD is not hard, but you have to make sure you have the correct plan in place…