The bring-your-own device trend has been well established in the region over the past few years. Businesses and IT manager are well on their ways to determining best practices for adoption and management of BYOD plans. Still, BYOD policies need to be both robust in terms of security and delicate in terms of protecting privacy. In spite of its established presence, CIOs need to keep in mind that BYOD is still an up and coming trend with many potential pitfalls. As organisations allow their employees to use their own devices for work purposes, IT managers and businesses are realising that each company needs a unique BYOD plan – there is no one blueprint to follow. Over the past few years, more and more organisations have started to allow their employees to use their own devices for work purposes, and the number of companies adopting such policies is growing every day.
However, organisations still face challenges before creating the best BYOD programme for their employees. Security will always be an issue when employees access company networks with personal devices, which may or may not be carrying malicious files or programmes. Network managers must walk the line between limiting the damage that can be done with corporate networks while still allowing services to be accessed on personal devices.
Privacy is also at the crux of issues that CIOs encounter when implementing a BYOD plan. Who is responsible for corporate data on a person device, and does a company have the right to remotely wipe a personal phone if it feels its own data is at risk?
Without a doubt, BYOD programmes come with a number of issues to be debated, and these topics will be tackled at the second annual BYOD Summit. The conference will feature speakers from the region’s leading mobility experts, as well as end-user case studies delivered by top IT managers. Large-scale BYOD programs will be investigated and ideas will be shared about BYOD best-practices.