BYOD Security Concerns

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BYOD Security Concerns

— Brought to you by the 2X Cloud Computing Team

How can businesses securely implement a BYOD program?

The increasing popularity of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) has made it inevitable for businesses to implement its concept into business processes. While BYOD aims at improving productivity levels and optimizing infrastructure, there are certain security risks associated with it. In a BYOD environment, IT administrators face a tough time in controlling the behavior of personal devices accessing the network. Before implementing a BYOD program, companies need to address various types of security risks.

Malware and Virus attacks

A BYOD program allows employees to log into the network using their preferred devices such as iPhones, Android phones and laptops etc. While systems in a corporate network are highly secured, offering access to outside devices makes the network vulnerable for online threats. Employees download several mobile apps, and while doing so, they provide access to sensitive corporate data. Likewise, it’s not easy to constantly update software and security patches on personal mobile devices. Often, employee mobile devices are not highly configured to run high-end security applications and thereby decrease the performance of the system. This is something that makes the end user unhappy. At times, mobiles apps that are not infected with viruses can still cause damage to corporate data. To overcome this challenge, companies need to implement programs that can whitelist and blacklist mobile apps. This is possible with cloud computing virtualization solutions.

Data Management Issues

Tracking and managing data across the network is crucial. With increasing data scrutiny from governing authorities, companies need to implement powerful data management solutions to store and secure data effectively. With a BYOD program, tracking and managing data is not easy. Another issue is corporate license agreements. Every computing resource within a corporate network possesses a valid software license. When you implement a BYOD policy, personal devices might not have the enterprise licenses to access required networks. In addition, unsecured 3rd party applications might gain access to critical corporate data. Another security concern arises from unsatisfied employees, or disgruntled past employees, who can leak critical data to competitors. The HR team needs to make sure that employees lose access to corporate networks before relieving them.

Stolen devices

Another important security concern arises when a personal device is lost or stolen. People who find that device can use it to access corporate networks. While outsiders can gain access to corporate data, businesses can lose important data stored on that personal device.

VDI – The right solution to BYOD concerns

2X Software offers an easy solution to BYOD security concerns. By using a simple and secure solution such as 2X Remote Application Server, you can create a virtual desktop infrastructure. In a VDI environment, networks are built using virtual servers. By using RDP, the hypervisor carries out application delivery. Then, virtual desktops are delivered to personal devices within a BYOD program. In a virtual network, devices can use any OS like Windows, Linux or Mac. As each device accesses virtual servers, corporate data becomes safe and secure. High-end security applications are installed on the server to effectively handle online threats and network intrusions. These security apps are dynamically updated to block new malware and viruses.

While a powerful VDI environment augments every benefit offered by a BYOD program, not every virtualization server can handle your IT needs. 2X Remote Application Server is a powerful VDI solution from 2X Software that seamlessly delivers virtual desktops. Backed by several years of experience and a proven track record, 2X Remote Application Server can help you improve your productivity levels while securing your networks.

Sean Bianco is the marketing documentalist and technical writer at Parallels. With a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and Networking and a three year background in software quality assurance testing and usability engineering, Sean is a subject matter expert in mobility and smartphone, app and device management. He is well-versed in developing technical articles and determining market trends. His excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with emphasis on understanding relationships between technical problems, result in sound and effective business solutions.