Feb 19, 2013 / Written by Woody Myers

BYOD is quickly becoming a go-to solution for companies looking to keep their mobile costs down.  But they are going to learn, if they haven’t already, that this method isn’t 100% reliable.  BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device but some are saying BYOD spells trouble for companies and provides plenty of challenges:

Supporting multiplicity of devices and operating systems, volume of demand for services as well as differing user needs.

Securing users, information and integrity of systems and infrastructure.

Simplifying complexity of managing, monitoring and maintaining the mobile learning environment.

Standardizing policy for acceptable use.

It’s not as simple as just letting your employees bring in their favorite smartphone or tablet and using them for work.  Trying to find the upside of BYOD it has been difficult for companies.

Some security experts have dubbed BYOD as ?bring your own disaster,? though password protection, encrypted data, and disabling apps provide temporary security shortcuts to help aid in data loss. Adoping virtual private network (VPN) use and remote lock and wipe functionality on compromised mobile devices are becoming popular solutions to limit damage in case of a security issue related to BYOD.

Principal with the Farpoint Group, Craig J. Mathias, feels there’s real issues with BYOD but that they can be overcome.

How will the bills be divided, both for the device itself and for wireless services? There are lots of ways to do this, from the simple (just reimburse a fixed percentage every month) to the complex (tracking voice and data usage, even in real-time). But more importantly, there?s a fundamental need to map organizational policies (security, acceptable use, and more) and authentication onto a device that isn?t owned by the organization. That?s what successful BYOD solutions do.

We agree: finding success with BYOD isn’t impossible, but it requires help from a partner who knows what to look for and, more importantly, what to look out for.  For more information about BYOD and equipping your mobile workers, contact a product specialist at 1-800-446-1991.