Smartphone access to enterprise network is fast becoming an imperative aspect for an employee to perform their daily task. Enterprises are fast becoming flexible in terms of device access, permitting users to use a personal device. IT departments have also created a framework, and regulations for personal devices to access the enterprise network.
A recent survey conducted by security firm Bitglass found that 85 percent of the organizations have enabled the BYOD policies. The survey also analyzed the top two reasons that have prompted organizations to add complexity to the network- Employee mobility (74%) and Employee Satisfaction (54%).
The survey also found that 30 percent of the respondents who say that security is a leading concern in the adoption of BYOD policy. The organizations that do permit BYOD, 61 percent of the IT experts for them believe that it has created more surface area for security concerns.
Planning and infrastructure are primary steps dealing with the implementation of BYOD policies. Organizations can also plan in adopting Mobile Device Management (MDM), mandating encryption and use of anti-virus solutions.
However, the step by step process of adopting BYOD can be squeamish for the employees. As per the survey, two-third of the devices require physical access to make the mobile devices serviceable to the access the network. Over one-third of devices require rooting to access the network that can block many of the popular Android applications.