Why The Cloud Is Making BYOD Risk-Free
Joe Lazauskas, CenturyLink7/25/2013 @ 12:05PM
The bring your own device (BYOD) movement is gaining undeniable momentum in the business world; by 2016, nearly 40 percent of enterprise organizations said they expect to stop providing devices to their employees, according to a global survey of CIOs by Gartner, Inc.
Just five years ago, this would have been unthinkable; employer-provided BlackBerrys dominated the business landscape. They were the preferred device of IT departments everywhere thanks to a secure transport infrastructure. Every message sent from the phone was routed through RIM’s Network Operations Center, providing a level of secure encryption unmatched by early smartphone alternatives from Android and Apple.
Since then, smartphone use has proliferated, and both Apple and Android-phone manufacturers have added greater levels of encryption to prevent phones from being hacked. Though much of the BYOD movement has been attributed to BlackBerry’s fall and the rise of Android and Apple, there’s been another unsung hero of the BYOD movement: The cloud.
The ever-improving security of cloud-storage services like Box andsavvisdirect Cloud Storage have allowed companies to let employees access sensitive company information from most any location and device.
“[The cloud] creates the framework from which BYOD can function,” explained Dermot Doherty, founder and CTO of iSpaces, a multi-desktop cloud computing company. “It also eases the burden from IT departments to find proper devices for their employees, manage service plans, and maintain the latest software and hardware upgrades,” he said, while also providing “a safe and manageable storage place for company information that is not stored on any particular device, but merely accessible from it.”
Across the tech landscape, cloud security has become a big business opportunity, and startups are racing to deliver enterprise security solutions for BYOD. In April, Ionic Security announced that they raised a $9.4 million Series A round to develop a technology solution that lets employees securely access data on any device or network, following multi-million dollar rounds by competitors like Bluebox and Armor5.
This signals that the BYOD movement has gained unstoppable momentum, and the onus will be on businesses to adjust.
“Companies need to change their current hardware security policies to accommodate BYOD,” said Doherty, “while utilizing the latest cloud-based services to manage their information.”