The Risk of Bring-Your-Own-Device Strategies 

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It’s difficult for companies to manage mobile devices that they don’t own. Thus, taking a Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) strategy toward mobile device management is a risky endeavor. Consider today’s realities: 

Benefits Don’t Outweigh BYOD Cost Savings: The increasing management and security requirements of today’s work-from-anywhere workforce are far greater than the cost savings benefits associated with BYOD hardware savings. 

BYOD Increases Security Risk: While companies may require employees to partition their personal applications from corporate ones, it doesn’t happen consistently nor with a degree of security certainty.  

According to a new study published by leading research-based advisory and IT consulting firm Nemertes, BYOD policies pose an inherent risk to companies and a secure solution is beyond necessary: 

Mobile platforms are an increasingly critical component of many organizations’ digital transformation story. From frontline staff to executives, more users are interacting with more applications and more business workflows from the “outside” because employees want to consume them on mobile platforms in the name of rapid response and convenience. 
For larger organizations, Nemertes sees anywhere from 40% to 75% of corporate systems mobile-accessible, and up to 90% for smaller organizations. This is especially the case for newer generations of workers, who came into the workplace with the expectation of BYOD, and who see mobile apps and remote work as a birthright and right-to-work. As mobile applications and mobile-enabled platforms became standard practice, shifting mobile work from a “nice to have” to mission critical, their reliability and security became more valuable than ever. 

Roughly 40% to 75% of corporate systems are mobile accessible, and when it comes to smaller organizations that number rises to 90%. 

A Transformational Tipping Point

Mixing and mingling corporate and personal apps may have bridged the gap during the pandemic, but we’ve moved to a new transformational tipping point which calls for different measures. While many companies have come to rely on BYOD policies in the past, now is the time to reassess your mobile strategy and take stock of your devices, applications, and business processes. Companies like Tangoe offer game-changing mobile device management services. By tapping into these resources, IT leaders can leverage Tangoe’s Unified Expense Management expertise and avoid costly IT disruptions with hundreds of easy-to-use integrations and AI-powered analysis. 

Read more of Nemertes’ point of view and learn more about how to roll back your BYOD programs in their report, “Is Your MMS Ready for Prime Time?”