CIOs Focus on BYOD Security

Organizations in myriad industries continue to embrace bring-your-own-device policies. However, the chief information officers overseeing these adoption efforts are still dealing with data security issues, despite the crystallization of associated best-practices. Almost 40 percent of the information technology leaders are struggling to implement digital defenses that effectively protect device-wielding workers and the information they access, according to data from Crowd Research Partners. Additionally, an estimated one-third of CIOs do not plan to increase their IT budgets to accommodate BYOD-specific threat mitigation and techniques and systems.

Together these trends put emerging mobile workflows at risk, preventing companies from reaping the potential bottom-line driving benefits. How can CIOs turn the corner and bolster their BYOD security protocols?

IT leaders in Singapore are helping create the blueprint, Enterprise Innovation reported. These professionals begin building their digital BYOD protections by training employees on how to properly and securely use and manage their devices. Indeed, users are the first line of defense against hackers and data-stealing vectors, as many enter corporate servers through malware delivered via email or embedded in Trojans disguised as mobile applications. Singaporean IT professionals are also adopting mobile management and user authentication software at accelerated rates, using these backend systems as the basis for secure network administration strategies.

"CIOs should bolster their BYOD security protocols."

Of course, technology leaders elsewhere are also contributing. Approximately, 63 percent of the American CIOs surveyed in the Crowd Research Partners report had password protections in place and almost 50 percent used remote device wiping applications to clear company data from the phones of departing employees. Additionally, 43 percent employed mobile-ready encryption tools.

At least 50 percent of businesses already have BYOD policies in place, according to research Gartner. There is little doubt that this move toward mobile will continue over the next year. CIOs participating in this shift should follow the leads of their colleagues here and abroad and adopt mobile-ready data security practices and systems. Agile IT modernization can also help your organizations adapt to the data security demands that accompany BYOD strategies. The Inventu Flynet Viewer meets the needs of organizations and their employees in a way that feels both familiar and simple.