The implementation of bring-your-own-device, or BYOD, has brought significant benefits to businesses of all sizes. At the same time, it has brought certain challenges too. BYON, or bring-your-own-network, is one of them. The combination of ever-innovative smartphone technology and Wi-Fi hotspots makes it easy for employees to create their own personal area networks. In a BYON environment, employees use their own devices to connect to corporate networks through uncontrolled access points. By tethering a smartphone’s cellular connection to another network device, employees can create a hotspot. Alternatively, a small wireless router can be plugged into an electric outlet to create a hotspot. When an ad hoc network is created, employees can access websites that are blocked by IT administrators.
Challenges posed by BYON
In a BYON environment, high mobile data traffic can pose a big challenge for businesses. According to Cisco, global mobile data traffic surpassed 1.5 exabytes per month at the end of 2013. Cisco forecasts that this number will surpass 15 exabytes per month by the end of 2018. Moreover, Cisco also forecasts that 65% of mobile data traffic is going to be video data.
The increasing mobile data traffic can result in high data costs for businesses. Secondly, BYON environments pose high security threats, as employees connect to ad hoc networks through uncontrolled Wi-Fi hotspots. Thirdly, network performance is greatly affected by BYON.
To effectively manage BYON environments, IT administrators have to know who connects to a device hotspot and how much data is being transferred. 2X MDM provides the right solution to BYON issues.
2X MDM for BYON
2X Mobile Device Management (MDM) gives you exceptional control over corporate data. 2X MDM allows you to manage company-owned and personal mobile devices effectively to reduce security risks, without affecting employees’ productivity.The application is easy to install and use. Once your registration is approved, you can enroll all your devices and quickly download, install and auto-configure the app within a minute.
2X MDM monitors the data traffic of each device and alerts IT managers when something is not in line with the standard procedure. It allows grouping of devices by a department or function so that a group policy can be created. Applications can be quickly deployed for a particular department with a few clicks. Apps can be whitelisted or blacklisted. Inappropriate apps can be quickly reviewed and removed. 2X MDM provides complete security, with a strong password policy and remote lock and wipe feature (if a device falls into the wrong hands, you can remotely wipe off the data). 2X MDM tracks the location of all devices and creates a log of all locations where the device has traveled during a particular period. With 2X MDM, you gain complete control over your networks.