Bad actions can come from good intentions, and without the right precautions, your company could infringe on employee privacy and ultimately make accessibility worse in your workplace. Aside from secure portal integration and other techniques for screen-based access, businesses should focus on a BYOD philosophy that allows for protected use of personal devices.
Writing for Network World, Subbu Iyer of Bluebox Security identifies privacy infringement as a symptom of an outdated approach to BYOD. Nowadays, technology allows workers to successfully partition their devices for safe use at work and protect sensitive information.
Iyer says that using virtualization tools helps avoid a situation where employees "fear their personal activities are being watched" by their company—perhaps because they are. Businesses that make it easier for employees to work privately save themselves trouble and make things easier in the long run.
"In order to achieve compliance you need to win the trust of employees, and paying attention to their privacy concerns is key," Iyer says. "Whether on vacation, a date night, or just hanging out with friends for an hour, an employee can temporarily opt from accessing work related apps and data, without compromising security."
Businesses have a better chance of implementing a long-lasting mobile-friendly environment if they do their research beforehand. Another list that recently appeared in Information Age looked at the most glaring reasons that BYOD plans don't work, one of which includes a lack of advance preparation. While planning can slow things down initially, it ultimately leads to success in the long run.
IT modernization is increasingly important, but that's no reason for companies to rush into it unprepared. Look at the different solutions available on Inventu's website before committing.