Successful organizations understand the importance of leveraging different learning technologies to meet the growing demands of today’s tech-savvy workforce by providing instant access to information at the moment of need. The prevalence of smartphones and tablets has become an intrinsic part of our daily life, in terms of how we consume and process information. With the influx of millennials in the global marketplace learning at the speed of search, it is time, not only to provide just-in-time learning experiences, but also to create effective BYOD policies that promote efficiency, adaptability and security.
According to a press release, the “BYOD & Enterprise Mobility Market by Software, Security, Service, Deployment, Vertical and Region- Global Forecast to 2021” research report published by MarketsandMarkets, revealed the market size is predicted to increase from $35.10 billion (USD) this year to $73.10 billion (USD) by 2021.
Granted, mobile learning and BYOD are not new concepts in the learning and development industry, a steady increase in mobile device management and security shows organizations are taking further steps to address growing security concerns. By implementing mobile device management software, organizations are able to monitor, integrate and manage mobile devices in the workplace, according to the press release.
As cybercrime continues to focus on businesses, high-impact organizations have established BYOD policies, data loss prevention strategies and cybersecurity awareness training programs to prevent a breach in their confidential data and intellectual property. While BYOD has many benefits, content security is a major concern for many enterprise organizations. So how do you manage mobile data protection in today’s BYOD work environment?
Encrypt your confidential data: According to Joe Moriarty, CEO of Content Raven, encryption ensures lost information is deemed unusable by malicious parties, and ultimately reduces the risk of an actual breach and the cost of fixing it.
Implement access controls: It is critical to monitor and control who has access to your sensitive data. A network access control solution provides organizations the ability to grant access based on specific roles and job functions. Although there is no fail-safe solution to guarantee security, monitoring data access will prevent a potential breach.
Creating awareness and educating employees: Security awareness training is crucial to establishing your first line of defense against cyber attacks and threats. “A successful mobile data protection plan works only when its users abide by it and don’t look for a reason to bypass its requirements,” said Moriarty. Employees who are aware of what to look out for are better prepared.
Cloud-controlled security: Implementing a cloud-based security solution can track what documents are viewed, and in what geographic region, allowing organizations to determine the location of a possible breach in confidential data. In addition, this solution can deny access to any document that is stored on a specific device, given access by any user, and even become inaccessible if a user is in a different location or past a certain date.
As cybersecurity threats become increasingly problematic and businesses are faced with the challenge of protecting their intellectual property, it is important to create a learning culture where employees feel comfortable using personal devices at work and having access to the information they need, when they need it. Effective BYOD policies, encryption, cloud-based security and security awareness training programs are key to ensuring confidential data is difficult to obtain.