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BYOD: Is It A Risk Or Opportunity?

By Edited Jan 27, 2014 0 0

Mobile Apps
Technology has gripped the enterprise sector and invoked various modules so as to phase out the redundant legacy processes and allow more efficiency and proficiency. With the advent of smartphones, mobility has become the center stage of most enterprise architecture and organisations have started to use the combination of mobile and cloud services in accordance to their business structure.

Enterprise mobility has also gone through an overall phase of transformation as consumer technologies are getting more and more ubiquitous in the enterprise workplace. This has led to the advent of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) approach among organisations that have moved on from MDM (mobile device management) to MAM (mobile application management). This has made it easy for organisation to incorporate enterprise mobility without putting any burden on the vital resources. This also allows the employees to conduct work on their own personal electronics while securing corporate information assets.

Although most of the organisations have started to encompass on BYOD, there is still a debate regarding the security repercussion of implementing that approach. Allowing corporate data to be accessed out the purview of organisational firewall is always seen to be a hazard, which is why BYOD has still seen full acceptability.

This is why mobile app developers have started to move away from consumer centric approach for enterprises and have been trying to incorporate stringent security framework while developing applications for enterprises.

The mobile application development life-cycle for consumer based ecosystem is different from enterprise based ecosystem. BYOD in that aspect is highly significant as it allows for a more viable mobility and connectivity for a more productive workforce. But on the hind side there are a lot issue that can prove to be a nightmare if proper implementation of security modules are not done.

Mobile developers need to understand the fact that mobile app marketplace is prone to malware and proving to be a threat to data integrity. In the consumer centric app ecosystem, data security has not been an issue as the end users have been emphasising performance over security. But that is not the case in the enterprise sector, which puts a lot of emphasis over data integrity.

There are various aspects which are needed to be taken into account in order to properly incorporate BYOD:

  • Institute and define all the policies and their acceptable use so as to avoid any untoward incident.
  • Determine the scope of the data that can be accessed over the devices.
  • Use encryption modules during the development of the application so as to ensure that the application cannot be reverse engineered.
  • Incorporate mobile cloud along with application so that the data is not kept on the device and is available over the cloud.
  • Ensure that there are unique IDs defined for each application installed so that it is easy to distinguish between authorised and unauthorised access.

The opportunities provided by bring your own device approach are immense, but they can only be attained if proper security modules are put in place. Rather than focusing on mobile hardware, organisation ought to strengthen their application support. There is a saying that bigger the house, more complex is the security of that house. with smartphones taking center stage of the day to day life of an end users, it has become important to have a holistic approach that can be availed with proper security architecture.



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