If you, like most businesses, have incorporated BYOD into your mobile strategy, you owe it to the success of your company to be aware of the risks of BYOD. During the development phase of your business mobile app, there are a number of decisions that you must make. For example, will app development be managed in-house or will you outsource it to a professional? What about app stores, will you create a private company store or stick with one of the key players like Google Play or the Apple App Store? It is important to carefully consider all of the options available to you so that you can develop a solution that delivers the greatest advantages for your brand.
Interestingly, one of the most common struggles that businesses have when rolling out their completed mobile app is deciding whether or not the app should be BYOD-compatible or if it should only be compatible with a limited make or number of devices. BYOD or Bring-Your-Own-Device is quickly becoming the preferred option for businesses across the globe.
Despite increases in popularity, you should be aware of the risks of BYOD prior to implementing the strategy.
The 4 Most Common Risks of BYOD
There are many different challenges and risks that come with having BYOD. Here are the most common.
1. “Jailbroken” phones
Smartphone owners often use a process called ‘jailbreaking’ to remove restrictions on their devices so that they can gain access to certain off-limits functions. Unfortunately, this process also often removes the restrictions that manufacturers have places in the devices to safeguard them from security issues.
2. Failing to keep up with security updates
It is not uncommon to hear that someone has declined to install the latest update on their mobile device. More often than not, this reluctance comes from not wanting to change familiar settings and so on. On the off chance that your employees are not staying current with updates, they may be leaving their devices – and your data – open to a security breach.
3. Unsecured Wi-Fi
Open WIFI has been a challenge for as long as WIFI has been a ‘thing.’ The wireless connection used in your personal home or office might be extremely secure, but there is no way of guaranteeing that the open WIFI connection in hotels, coffee shops or other hot spots is.
4. Phone Theft
Part of the draw of a mobile device is the fact that it is just that – mobile. This means that they are easy to carry, transport and use. But – they are also easy to lose and can be stolen. In the event that your employee’s device is stolen or lost, how can you be sure that your company data will be protected?
In the case of BYOD, there are just as many risks as there are advantages. That is not to say that companies should abandon mobile strategies or give up on BYOD altogether. But it is up to you to understand the risks and how to mitigate them.