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Containerization – The Best of Both Worlds for BYOD


The term “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) was first coined in 2009, and it’s an understatement to say it has come a long way since then. Confirming BYOD’s meteoric rise in the business community, Markets and Markets recently reported that estimates place the value of the BYOD and Enterprise Mobility Market at $284.70 billion by 2019. This proliferation of personal mobile devices in the enterprise has many benefits in terms of increased productivity and 24×7 access to information. In fact CIO reported that the average employee using BYOD works two hours longer and sends 20 more emails per day.

Given the seemingly obvious benefits of BYOD, it might come as a surprise that Gartner reported one in five BYOD programs will fail by 2016. This is because it’s very difficult to balance the need for strong security measures with giving employees freedom over their mobile device usage.

For optimal management and security of BYOD in the enterprise, companies are increasingly recognizing the benefits of containerization to lock down devices and ensure that access to enterprise IT systems is protected. I recently wrote about the benefits of containerization in Mobile Enterprise. Simply stated, it’s the process of separating corporate from personal data on iOS and Android smart devices so that both sets of data can co-exist on one device. This allows the organization to secure corporate data and protect against malware without compromising an employee’s privacy or the native user experience. Here are  just a few of the benefits that can be realized for both the employer and employee:

Employer Benefits

  • Creates an encrypted corporate workspace container for enterprise data, communications, and applications on a mobile device (smartphone or tablet) separating corporate data from personal data and applications
  • Prevents the download of unauthorized apps as well as data leakage with copy and paste restrictions within the container
  • Scales across a company’s fleet of devices (i.e. device agnostic) to provide a consistent user experience through one central portal
  • Encrypts corporate data using FIPs certified encryption algorithms
  • Deploys apps securely via SSL into the corporate container

Employee Benefits

  • Separates employees’ work and personal lives on a mobile device
  • Grants personal freedom of device choice
  • Enhances privacy, including locking out the employer’s IT department from seeing apps on the personal persona and how, why, or when they are being used

With containerization, organizations and employees can have the best of both worlds—the benefits of increased productivity and assurance of the employees’ privacy, while safeguarding against ever-increasing security threats. As BYOD adoption continues to increase at a rapid rate, I predict we’ll see more and more companies using containerization to better manage their BYOD programs.