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1.) Outline a formal acceptable use policy. The first step organizations can take to reduce BYOD risks is to create an acceptable use policy, often referred to as a mobile policy. The policy should provide rules and protocols that govern BYOD deployment company-wide, setting standards for users. IT managers can take the lead by kicking off stakeholder discussions about BYOD rules now and into the future and designating a committee to promote and control mobile policy. It’s a good idea to require program participants to review the company’s mobile policy and acknowledge that they’ll abide by it via a signature.
2.) Identify users and create program participant segments. A crucial step in developing the organizational policy is to define BYOD users and identify various categories of program participants. This exercise gives the mobile policy committee the opportunity to think about any device type restrictions that may be needed, application restrictions and content issues. It also provides an opportunity for committee members to think through the financial implications of establishing a formal BYOD program, including user stipends or business expense rules applicable to employee devices.
3.) Select and deploy an enterprise mobility management platform. After the mobile policy is in place, committee members should assess their options and choose an enterprise mobility platform, keeping in mind their current technology and security needs and planning for future requirements. With technology evolving rapidly and employees choosing their own devices, it’s critical to think ahead and select a platform that can accommodate emerging technologies while keeping up with user demand and protecting corporate assets. The platform should feature strong network access controls.
4.) Plan to provide support for user-owned devices. Some company policy-makers mistakenly believe that BYOD means they no longer need to provide device support. This is a mistake that can lead to security breaches and decrease employee job satisfaction. Instead, companies should develop support protocols to manage all phases of BYOD, from device procurement and provisioning through decommissioning. By providing support and helping employees manage assets, technical professionals will gain valuable opportunities to ensure BYOD policies are followed, identify emerging vulnerabilities and help employees comply with safe practices.From an enterprise IT perspective, BYOD is one of the most significant workforce technology trends ever. That means it’s absolutely essential to manage it proactively. By establishing a formal acceptable use policy, identifying policy decision-makers and user groups, selecting a management platform and providing ongoing support, IT professionals can maximize the benefits of BYOD and minimize the risks.
- Best Practice: Short articles on best practices as gleaned from our consulting group, Vox Architect, and from our R&D teams working on various technologies.
- Webinar Abstracts: We produce a number of web events and recorded presentations, usually lasting between 30 and 60 minutes. The abstracts will give you a better sense of what is covered in the full event so you can decide whether it is the right resource for you.
- New Products: Overviews of new products that may be of interest to our clients, including hardware, systems, apps, and services
- Tutorials: Step-by-step instructions on technical or policy concerns that require some attention
- White paper Abstracts: We will provide some of the key take-aways and the most interesting info graphics from our research and reporting so you can find the right white papers more easily and so those with short attention spans can learn a few things
- Mobile Thought Leaders surveys and results: The Mobile Thought Leaders program (MTL) is helping hundreds of organizations fro around the globe to share their stories, insights and concerns about enterprise mobility. Throughout the year, MTL sponsors market and technology research projects. We will use the blog as one of the many places you can keep up with the opportunities to participate or access MTL research.
- Event recaps: Not everyone can attend all the industry events, like Mobile World Congress, AirWatch Connect, Gartner Symposium, to name a few. As our team members take part in these events, they will attempt to bring back some notes on the experience, the themes and the lessons learned.
As I said, the list of materials and information is extensive, but we see this kind of information sharing as a critical part of our mission:
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