Like it or not, IT departments are accepting the fact that employees are bringing smartphones, tablets, and personal laptops to work – and that they will use these devices while on the job.
To cope with this reality, savvy Fortune 500 corporations have implemented their own BYOD governance policies to ensure corporate network/data security. Although practices vary from company to company, some trends have emerged.
For instance, Fortune 500 companies who shared their BYOD policies with Network Worldsay they made sure to put secure access procedures in place prior to allowing iPhones/iPads, Androids, and BlackBerrys onto their LANs. For example, in order to gain access, BYOD users have to install corporate-approved anti-virus software on their devices.
IT administrators must also be able to access employee BYODs for security reasons; for example, to conduct remote wipes in the event the device is lost or stolen, or to scan for security threats. As well, some companies require employees to use PIN locks on their devices.