Microsoft Offers BYOD Best Practices

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 @ 05:01 PM gHale

Microsoft is releasing best practices for enterprise workers who are bringing their own devices (BYOD) into the workplace.

BYOD continues to grow as more devices enter the marketplace giving consumers a variety of choice in terms of functionality and application for work and home.

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Globally, 88 percent of executives report employees use their personal computing technologies for business purposes today, while only 62 percent of executives say they now have, or are planning to have, a BYOD program for smartphones and tablets, according to Gartner Research.

This gap could create challenges for the IT department for organizations that aren’t equipped with the right policies to ensure unwanted botnets or spyware don’t enter the enterprise.

Microsoft introduced an infographic that shows a scenario of an enterprise worker who has just received a new tablet during the holidays and the potential security risks that can result if proper protocols are not taken as the device gets introduced to the workplace.

“The BYOD trend offers numerous benefits to users, including reduced costs, and the ability for enterprise workers to work with their preferred technology,” said Don Morrison, director, U.S. Anti-Piracy for Microsoft Corp. “That said, BYOD does blur the lines between enterprise and personal computing, and can create security risks for businesses and the workers, so it’s important to have best practices in place.”

Some of the best practices include: Only procure genuine apps and software from reputable sources; don’t lend your device to others because you run the risk of compromising its integriry, and make sure you are safe online and protecting your privacy.

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