Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) Initiatives Stifled by Companies’ Wider Network Security Threats, Says iboss Security
NexGen Web Security industry leader obviates malware, bandwidth concerns posed by BYOD
SAN DIEGO, July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — As companies scramble to stay one step ahead of hackers, DDoS attacks, and other external security threats to sensitive data on their networks, they may be neglecting the biggest emerging threat of all — employees who bring their own devices (BYOD users) to access and transmit company data.
Given the present state of mobile technology, where a doctor can update a patient’s file from anywhere and at any time, expediting proper treatment, and where anyone can access their company’s latest sales data and product reports while meeting prospective customers on the road, it seems unreasonable, if not impossible, to return to the old ways of doing business via fax and overnight deliveries.
Yet, the fact that approximately 3 million personal devices are either lost or stolen each year should give any company CEO cause for concern. Not to mention that the vast majority of users don’t even password protect or install third-party security software on their mobile electronics. If left unmanaged, BYOD can lead to loss of control, impact network availability, and cause data loss.
But does that mean the 70% of employees who use a personal device for work purposes should be told not to — thereby sacrificing productivity as well as employee and customer satisfaction?
Not if companies take the necessary steps to set up a safe and secure BYOD environment. Bringing BYOD users into compliance requires implementing a NexGen Secure Web Gateway (SWG) such as the iboss SWG Web Security, which incorporates mobile defense. With iboss SWG Web Security, BYOD devices can identify themselves on the network. Once authenticated, employees gain the access they need to stay productive while organizations have an effective defense against threats, and can manage bandwidth and ensure devices are compliant with the company’s Internet policy.
“BYOD is proving to be one of the greatest technology adoptions we have seen in years. Many organizations are now utilizing it as a recruiting tool and the value in increased productivity is undeniable. In order to secure BYOD, we need to address a combination of issues, ranging from new threats to ensuring BYOD does not affect network availability. With a solid BYOD implementation plan and NexGen Web Security solution in place to manage and secure traffic, organizations can handle many of the uncertainties of BYOD,” says Peter Martini, COO of iboss Security.
iboss Security is an industry leader in NexGen Web Security with focus on securing emerging technology such as mobile and BYOD. Combining the industry leading Threat & Event Console with a best of breed solutions for Web Security, Bandwidth Management, Mobile Device Management (MDM) and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Management, iboss Security is on the cutting edge of Web Security.
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