The growth of mobile devices (there are 4.9 billion unique mobile device users globally) and the use of the cloud to access corporate information from any device and any location have given employees the ability to work remotely from virtually any location outside the company’s walls.
This tech-enabled rise in the mobile workforce has led to the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and bring-your-own-application (BYOA) phenomena. BYOD and BYOA refer to employees using their own personal devices and applications to perform their jobs, with 65 percent of organizations now allowing personal devices to connect to corporate networks.
Across industries, your customers are embracing BYOD and BYOA for the many benefits they have been shown to bring in terms of cost reduction, increased employee productivity and efficiency, as well as increased employee retention. However, there are also inherent risks with allowing devices and applications not managed by your customers’ organizations to access their corporate networks and digital resources.
As such, network security remains top of mind, with 95 percent of CIOs stating concern over emails being stored on personal devices, and 94 percent showing concern for enterprise information stored in mobile applications.
Your customers’ aim is to find a balance between benefiting from BYOD and BYOA while mitigating potential cyber risk factors.
To benefit from BYOD and BYOA without compromising network security or losing visibility into classified data use, organizations have to contend with three major BYOD security concerns.
To ensure data security in the age of the mobile workforce, your customers have to take a layered approach to security that provides visibility into data movement across the network. Specifically, this security protocol should incorporate application security, endpoint security, network segmentation, and cloud security, in addition to standard network perimeter defenses such as firewalls.
The Fortinet Security Fabric is uniquely suited to enable mobility through BYOD and BYOA at your customers’ organizations, while offering layered security measures and data visibility across networking environments.
The Security Fabric incorporates controls to address each of these device and application-based concerns, including application security, CASBs, identity access management, endpoint security, and network segmentation. Furthermore, because the Fabric takes an integrated, architectural approach to security, it offers single-pane-of-glass visibility to data movement and system management and orchestration across the network and even into the cloud.
Employees have come to expect to have their mobile devices on them at all times, and to be able to access the information they need to do their job from any device in any location. To meet these needs, organizations are increasingly allowing employees to connect to the corporate network from their personal devices, with little control over application use. In order to sustain BYOD and BYOA without compromising security, your customers will need to implement a cybersecurity process that is layered while offering increased visibility.
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Our paper on “Understanding the IoT Explosion and Its Impact on Enterprise Security” provides more details on the security risks of IoT and what your customers can do to address them.