With the current “Bring your Own Device” (BYOD) to work trend, employees are shifting away from accessing corporate applications and data via mobile devices sanctioned by IT.

Now, they are using their own personal devices to access corporate resources and software, including applications for unified communications (UC).

Outside the visibility and control of your IT department, many of these employee-owned devices are without adequate protection, so they can easily become infected with viruses or malware that can be quickly passed on to your corporate network.

When you consider all the applications your employees access on their personal devices –along with the other applications they integrate with and the business processes they touch – it’s easy to see how the risks of exposure to malicious content and other threats can grow.

Further, since IT can’t control what they can’t see, there’s often no way to manage the business data stored on employee-owned devices. If the device is lost or stolen, your sensitive data and applications are at risk.

The Gartner report, “Best Practices for Supporting ‘Bring Your Own’ Mobile Devices,” addresses many of the challenges you may be having. You can get a complimentary copy of the report inside the latest AT&T Unified Communications Update.

The Update also includes information on how AT&T solutions and mobility consultants can help you face the BYOD challenges by:

  • Establishing standard BYOD policies
  • Gaining more control over employee-owned devices
  • Improving protection of corporate applications and data
  • Readying your network for increased mobile traffic
  • Implementing flexible mobility solution components to ease future growth
What has the BYOD challenge been like for you? How do you see it changing, getting better, getting worse? I’d love to hear from you. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy your copy of the AT&T Unified Communications Update.