An Ounce of Prevention
Ignorance isnt bliss with BYOD, Allen stresses. If your company fails to put a BYOD strategy in place for managing mobile devices, including educating the workforce, employees will carelessly use rogue devices on the network, endangering your companys data. Make the upfront investment to have an honest conversation about how the use of technology is shifting in your organization. If IT teams can work together with their users, BYOD can be a win-win.
Track Everything On Your Network
Can you track and store who accessed your networks, when, where and with what devices, via wireless, Allen poses? Having access to this info in real-time and over the years is both crucial for compliance and security, and instantaneous detection of unusual BYOD activity. By constantly monitoring your network, youll be able to ascertain more quickly who is up to no good. Rogue devices may be unknown to the network, but they arent always a threat. With constant fires to put out, having the ability to exclude rogue, yet harmless, devices that can streamline detecting and shutting down a threat saves your valuable time.
Pinpoint Bandwidth Hogs
As desks become cluttered with more smart phones and tablets, BYOD places new and growing demands on your infrastructure and increases the challenge of maintaining uptime, performance and service levels, Allen explains. Balancing the bandwidth needs of business-critical apps with the influx of consumer devices connecting to the network like smartphones, wearable technology, laptops and tablets, can be a challenge leading to slow networks and a flurry of calls to the help desk. Prevent this by pinpointing bandwidth hogs with proactive monitoring of network bandwidth.