The Ins and Outs of Securing BYOD


Cloud adoption is transforming the way business is conducted on a larger scale. The integration of SaaS (software as a service) applications via the cloud is transcending individual and organizational productivity and overall employee morale. Moreover, it has enhanced efficiency, dynamism, and employee retention for organizations globally.

Employees are now able to download, upload, and share data from personal devices, remote locations, and unsecured public networks. This means that data is able to go far beyond the security firewalls of the organization. Therefore, it is crucial for organizations to maintain total visibility and control over data that is being accessed on and off-premises.

It is estimated that over 85% of organizations have enabled BYOD (bring your own device) to some degree in order to capitalize on the benefits that it provides. However, moving organizational data onto the cloud can be risky business if the data is not properly secured. Without the proper security tools, there is greater potential for data leaks due to the accessibility that cloud adoption provides. Unfortunately, over 20% of organizations lack visibility into even basic mobile applications, such as email on personal devices. This implies that these organizations are not aware of the more commonly used SaaS applications within their own cohort. 

With full visibility and control over vital data, organizations can see and control user activity on all endpoints, regardless if they are corporate owned devices or not. Without this level of control, organizations are susceptible to unauthorized data sharing, malicious accessing, and an inability to retrieve or wipe downloaded data from lost or stolen devices. Users may unknowingly upload infected files to organizational cloud resources or share them internally due to the fact that unmanaged devices do not always have anti-malware software installed. 

Bitglass secures personal devices through the use of patented reverse proxies, which enables them to secure data agentlessly. Today, organizations need ultimate visibility and control over sensitive data as  off-premise access becomes more common. With the use of an agentless CASB solution, organizations can protect user privacy, secure data in any application, device, and location, all while preserving the user experience. 

In The Definitive Guide to BYOD: Securing The Modern Workforce, learn why companies need to adopt BYOD, how to secure it, and much more.

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