For local businesses, the shift towards enterprise mobility is very positive and brings with it major opportunities for cost savings, increased productivity, heightened employee engagement and more. Business leaders should, therefore, be approaching enterprise mobility and BYOD with an open-minded and innovative outlook, while remaining attentive to the risks and taking a proactive approach to security in particular. The way in which businesses choose to handle enterprise mobility and the changing demands of an increasingly tech-savvy workforce will arguably play a major role in business growth – and ultimately, success or failure in a disruptive global market.
The widespread move towards enhanced enterprise mobility certainly leaves companies vulnerable to data leaks, theft of valuable intellectual property, employee negligence and malware. While companies can build systems to protect networks from outside threats, the greatest threat arguably always originates from within. This is particularly relevant when working with employees who handle sensitive information and who wield high-level/executive decision-making powers. Moreover, given the use of social media platforms such as LinkedIn and Twitter, it is now fairly easy for hackers to identify who these individuals are within any business – and then target attacks around their mobile devices and applications.
Yet if the security factor can be intelligently and actively managed, there are numerous advantages that come with embracing forms of BYOD.