IT | Security

You Can Still Embrace BYOD

By: Absolute Team | 8/1/2014

Recently, we talked about some ways to ensure your BYOD program doesn’t fail. We mentioned in that post how 20% of current BYOD programs are estimated to fail in the next two years, primarily because the security standards are set too strict, so employees are not following them. It’s a hard balance to find.

Daniel Robinson recently posted on V3 about these same issues and how they hype about BYOD has faded and in the aftermath, there is no “utopia” of reduced costs or increased productivity. BYOD policy adoption, which is even lower in the UK, has not been on the increase in the last year.

While some of this can be attributed to cultural differences between the two regions, BlackBerry's managing director for Europe, Markus Mueller, had other reasons; BYOD has led to more cost and complexity for the IT department when supporting end users.

"The idea was to save money while giving more choice to users, but what actually happened is that it became a nightmare, with lots of different devices with different versions of iOS and Android finding their way into organisations. It actually created more cost," he said.

If you look at this, it’s not BYOD that failed per sey, but rather it is a failure of device management. Most organizations lacked management solutions that could handle the mix of device ownership, device type, and operating system that BYOD introduced. Without the right management solution in place (one solution, not many), organizations were bound to find BYOD more trouble than it was worth.

While many organizations are retracting from BYOD, turning instead to corporate-owned, personally enabled (COPE) or a choose your own device (CYOD) scenario, which offer a compromise to the problem, turning a blind eye to BYOD may not be a smart idea. While your organization may not have a BYOD policy, or may prohibit the use of employee devices, you still need to have measures in place to ensure that employees are not circumventing these rules and using their devices anyway.

Instead of ruling out BYOD altogether, we suggest you adopt Absolute Manage, which can allow your organization to persistently manage and secure all of their endpoints from a single console, replacing multiple systems with a single solution. Device ownership, device type and operating system become less complex when managed from one solution. Learn more here.