4th April 2012

Is BYOD always a cost-saver?

Posted: 4th April 2012 VPN Haus in IT policy, Mobile
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Of course, among the many reasons that businesses love BYOD is that, in theory, having employees bring their own devices should cut back on costs. But the truth is, BYOD isn’t necessarily a cost-efficient policy and, in some cases, even calls for additional investments.

So why is that?  BYOD requires significant operational coordination between departments, ranging from IT to HR. This also requires many hours of overhead to configure VPNs and ensure secure installations. IT also then needs to take steps to ensure that company data and access to the network is not spread out over too many consumer devices. And of course, when employees depart an organization, IT must make sure their personal devices are scrubbed of sensitive information and their tunnel into the network is sealed.

This is why, particularly for companies with high-risk profiles, CIOs should consider investing in company-owned mobile devices for employee issuance. Doing so would allow for greater oversight of the entire network and ensure higher security.

What are your thoughts – does BYOD, sometimes, cause more problems than it solves?

 

 

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    • VPN Haus says:

      Hi Branden,

      Your post was interesting. We’ve definitely considered the impact curbing BYOD has on employee satisfaction, which is a factor every company should take into account when deciding whether to implement the policy. But of course, a company has to weigh their risk profile against employee benefits – and in some cases, high-risk companies have to forgo convenience for security. The overhead investments primarily stem from additional resources for cross-departmental communications and investing in multi-platform device management and security solutions. In fact, CIO recently did an article that goes into more detail about the hidden costs related to BYOD that might be worth a read: http://www.cio.com/article/703511/BYOD_If_You_Think_You_re_Saving_Money_Think_Again

    • monicaduress says:

      Excellent article! The security breaches can definitely incur a tremendous expense for any company!

      At the hospital I work at, we have the burden of meeting HIPAA requirements, particularly since many doctors send and receive patient info via text messaging on thier BYOD phones.

      This opens the hospital to HIPAA related lawsuit if the doctor loses thier phone or it is hacked.

      In order to deal with the issue, we got the doctors to use Tigertext, which deletes the text messages after a period of time, making it HIPAA compliant.

      I don’t know if this is the best solution for everyone, but it was an easy and cost effective way to deal with this issue.

      The BYOD issues that IT departments are dealing with are only going to become more complex in the future.

      I also found this article on BYOD that adds to your article with some additional charts and findings:

      http://byod.us/bring-your-own-device-importance-of-defining-business-objectives/

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