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What are the biggest risks of BYOD?

Do you have remote workers using mobile devices in the office? Before you invoke a bring-your-own-device policy, learn about the risks of BYOD.

Our remote workers are entering the workplace with their own mobile devices and want to connect to our corporate resources. I want to allow them to do this, but before I do, I want to know the biggest risks of BYOD.

The biggest risks for enterprises that allow bring your own device (BYOD) environments are control and privacy. Deploying and enforcing security controls is typically more difficult on personal devices for two reasons. First, ownership of the device establishes a control mentality from the owner's point of view. Second, restrictions on personal data or content, in general, are more difficult to argue from a BYOD policy standpoint. The most critical aspect is that companies must ensure they observe the protection of the users' personal identifiable information (PII).

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This was first published in December 2012

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