Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to Work…Really?

Business people holding phonesI know that consumerization is spreading throughout the enterprise but nonetheless I was shocked to see in the Cisco IBSG Horizons Study that a staggering 95% of respondents (600 U.S. IT and business leaders) said their organizations permit employee-owned devices in some way, shape or form in the workplace. With company security breaches at unprecedented highs, I find it amazing that IT and business leaders are accepting, and in some cases embracing, the idea of “bring your own device” (BYOD) to work. Further, the survey revealed that not only do enterprises allow employee-owned devices, but according to 84% of respondents, they provide some level of support for these gadgets — 36% of those surveyed provide full support.

Thanks to social networks, cloud-based email, instant messaging and consumer file sharing solutions that are easily accessed on employee owned devices, the responsibility for protecting a company’s digital assets is an increasing burden for IT. In order to prevent productivity losses and data breaches, IT managers must deploy and maintain technologies that help enforce corporate policies while ensuring that employees can get their work done efficiently.

The Thru Enterprise Dropbox File Transfer solution provides IT with a secure, unified platform for all corporate file management, file delivery and file sharing for internal users and external customers and partners. By providing users with dropbox-functionality that seamlessly integrates with their everyday business systems (e.g. Salesforce, Microsoft Outlook, IBM Notes), employees will not need to find unauthorized and risky means to distribute and share large, often confidential, business files and folders.

With our lives increasingly revolving around social media and instant communications, employees will continue to bring their own devices into the workplace; however, if IT managers provide sanctioned tools for everyday tasks such as file transfer, the risks and security issues posed by use of employee devices in the office will diminish along with the headaches that they create for IT.

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