Oracle on cyber security aspects of BYOD

Bring your own device (BYOD) has been an unstoppable force on the crest of the consumerisation wave, and one that companies have simply had to roll with.

But it is increasingly being rebranded as ‘bring your own disaster’, with IT departments desperately grappling for solutions that will allow them to take back some degree of control over the mobile environment, hastily assembling a raft of MDM (mobile device management) tools.

It has become obvious that the utopian ideal of BYOD is more myth than a practical reality for most firms. So has the BYOD wave broken?

A report by Gartner categorically declared the end of the era of BYOD, stating, ‘There is no way for IT to assume full responsibility of securing and managing devices without ownership.’

As a result of all these security and compliance issues, a rash of new acronyms has sprung up, all vying to be the next trendy buzzword.

Some companies are attempting a complete U-turn by introducing schemes such as ‘corporate-owned personally enabled’ (COPE), while ‘choose your own device’ (CYOD) lets employees choose from a limited selection of approved, corporate-liable device models with the levels of security and control that IT needs, but with the slight difference that the employee pays for the upfront cost of the hardware.

Both are approaches that embrace the consumerisation of IT in a controlled manner, but in the endless balancing act between giving employees the tools they’re happiest using – and are therefore more productive on – and making sure that those tools are work-appropriate, compliant and secure (as well as cost-effective), CYOD seems to tick a lot of boxes.

Whatever approach is taken, businesses must view it as a complete security policy, says Andy Bushby, technology director for mobile and information security at Oracle.

Andy participated in a feature created by Information Age, a business-IT focused UK publication, which covered many technologies - the Social Enterprise, the Internet of Things, Web-scale IT, Cloud Computing and more.  

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