Bring your own Device

INTRODUCTION

The objective of this small article is to give an introduction about the BYOD – Bring Your Own Device concept, analyze advantages and disadvantages of using this model and my personal insight about the subject.

WHAT IS BYOD?

BYOD is an acronym for Bring Your Own Device, which is basically a new concept where the employee of a company bring their own devices to work. This is defined by IBM as “an IT policy where employees are allowed or encouraged to use their personal mobile devices—and, increasingly, notebook PCs—to access enterprise data and systems.” (IBM, 2016). This may be achieved by a company providing aid to the costs or the employee to provide their own resources.

ADVANTAGES OF BYOD

  • Employers may feel more comfortable and even more productive since he has a very nice feeling of comfort using their own devices;

  • Costs are reduced and machines are used;

DISADVANTAGES OF BYOD

  • Support is always a challenge, since many kinds of devices will need different approaches;

  • Security is the most challenging thing when using this (this is stated in the following section);

SECURITY CONCERNS IN BYOD

According to CRN.com, 2016, the 10 top security concerns using BYOD are:

  • Jail Braking are Rooted devices are threats to security;

  • Restrictions can be bypassed – Access to the corporation data;

  • Vulnerable software – Users may use outdated software;

  • Open access to wireless access points;

  • Open access to e-mail;

  • Adware and Spyware are threats to network and the company;

  • Too many permissions;

  • Cloud drives may lead to data leaks (Dropbox, OneDrive);

  • Android malware is rising and the platform is becoming more unsecure;

  • Devices can be lost or stolen;

CONCLUSION

Technology is changing, people are changing and one of the key things of BYOD is Green IT. I personally believe the use of resources must be optimized in such manner we have more sensibility for our natural resources and also the way the financial resources are spent in thousands of computers and the waste of resources. The subject of removing the responsibility of the company to provide devices for the users, is a bit more complicated, however if we think about resources optimization, this can be good strategy.

REFERENCES

IBM BYOD – Bring Your Own Devices. 2016. IBM. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.ibm.com/mobilefirst/us/en/bring-your-own-device/byod.html. [Accessed 22 February 2016].

Top 10 BYOD Risks Facing The Enterprise. CRN. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.crn.com/slide-shows/security/240157796/top-10-byod-risks-facing-the-enterprise.htm/. [Accessed 22 February 2016].

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