Enterprise mobility is widespread throughout the business world, with 61 percent of employees working outside the office on mobile devices, according to Citrix, which also found that enterprise-managed mobile devices saw a 72 percent increase between 2014 and 2015. While many enterprises focus on the security implications of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), they fail to handle other Bring Your Own configurations that are becoming increasingly common in enterprises.

Bring Your Own Device

BYOD introduces new devices to the enterprise network that aren't necessarily held to the same security standards as company-owned devices. A variety of operating systems and hardware capacities introduce a challenge for mobile device management, but there's another security problem that's often overlooked in BYOD: Employees aren't only bringing their own devices, they're also bringing their own apps.

Your primary security challenge with Bring Your Own Apps (BYOA) is that 88 percent of apps aren't secure enough for the enterprise environment, reports Tech Times. These apps introduce security vulnerabilities on the enterprise network and may be malware carriers themselves.

Choose Your Own Device

Some enterprises are moving away from BYOD and adopting Choose Your Own Device (CYOD). Instead of trying to manage mobile devices from a wide range of OS versions and hardware configurations, CYOD introduces a narrow, controlled list you allow employees to select from. Ideally, this is paired with an enterprise app store with pre-approved apps instead of allowing employees to install their own app selections. While this provides a more controlled mobile environment for your enterprise, employees may choose to install their own apps, root the phone or lose a phone with sensitive company information. CYOD is more common in Europe than North American companies, with PCR reporting 22 percent of companies using this option over BYOD.

Company-Owned, Personally Enabled

A Company-Owned, Personally Enabled (COPE) device puts the device selection completely in your company's lap, but employees use the device for business and personal use. Employees don't share their device with other employees, and the devices can introduce similar security risks as CYOD if controls aren't put in place on the mobile device.

Bring Your Own Cloud

Bring Your Own Cloud (BYOC) is a relatively newer concept compared to other BYO configurations, spurred by the popularity of SaaS for business and personal use. The primary reason employees turn to BYOC, according to Dell, is because they need software that fulfills specific business needs and they either don't have the right solutions available from the enterprise, or they don't want to reach out to IT to fulfill these requests. Like BYOA, BYOC introduces app solutions into the enterprise infrastructure that may not be properly secured, resulting in possible vulnerability.

Enterprise mobility is a $72 billion market, with rapid growth predicted over the next 4 years. Mobile security challenges come from many angles, requiring proactive responsiveness to the latest BYO trends. What’s clear is that the way people work has changed.  That's why an effective digital workplace initiative is so critical to building long-term success.

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