Employees bringing their own devices to work (BYOD) is a reality that many companies are faced with. It has the potential to save the companies money, increase productivity, but also potentially create massive security breaches. Yet many companies are allowing BYOD to happen whether or not it can be stopped, risking the security of corporate information. This will most likely result in an increasing number of corporate security breaches and the leaking of information via mobile devices, since 71% of data breaches involve an employee (Verizon’s 2012 Data Breach report).
Of course, there are ways to prevent such issues. RIM is providing such a solution when it comes to mobile devices in the workplace by providing BlackBerry Balance and a complete mobile device management service.
Nick Cavalancia, SpectorSoft VP, weighs in on the prospects for BlackBerry in the future.
“Inability to manage security and compliance problems driven by BYOD is going to force enterprises to reevaluate whether or not the risk of BYOD is actually worth the reward,” said Nick Cavalancia.
“While companies will continue to allow BYOD due to the fact that they can’t stop it, they are going to more aggressively encourage the use of corporate-issued mobile devices and Smartphones. This is going to help BlackBerry and other OSs designed specifically for businesses to regain market share.”
When a catastrophic breach of corporate information occurs, and it will inevitably if the BYOD trend involves an increasing number of Android and iOS devices, corporations will look to BlackBerry for a proper solution to prevent such an issue. For many companies, the security of their corporate information is vital to the success of their business. It would be a mistake to underestimate the importance of an end-to-end mobile device management solution such as RIM’s, whose system even saves corporations money (when compared with other walled-garden solutions) while providing the necessary security.
While RIM’s Mobile Fusion Studio can support iOS and Android devices, they are not secured to the same level as BlackBerry devices, nor do they provide the segregation of work and personal uses of the device. As the BYOD trend continues, RIM should find itself at an advantage over Apple and Google in the enterprise as the focus and importance on mobile security correspondingly increases. As a corporate-owned device, BlackBerry will remain the best solution available.
Despite what the media has said about RIM’s fate, most predictions fail to consider the importance of corporate security and the influence of the enterprise sector on smartphone adoption. When it comes to employee-owned devices in high security enterprises, time will tell whether employees will begin to adopt BlackBerry to avoid managing two smartph0nes, or stick with two devices.