Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 78 - Page 51

FEATURE : BYOD

Creating the best BYOD policies

What makes a good BYOD policy ? With the influx of personal devices in the workplace and the unprecedented risk of data breach and malware , tightening IT security at a company can seem like a daunting task . Just how difficult of a task is it ? We hear from industry specialists on how companies and employees are fashioning comprehensive BYOD especially not that organisations have had to adopt work from home models .

In the wake of lockdown restrictions that were imposed as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic , employees across the Middle East and Africa ( MEA ) have been compelled to use their own PCs and mobile devices for business tasks whether their IT departments support them or not . And looking at how the pandemic brought businesses to a standstill overnight and with many organisations not even having a BYOD policy in place , managing and mitigate security risks associated with opening up your corporate network to personal devices can be tricky . and the IT teams they lead have the responsibility of developing comprehensive BYOD policies .

And with BYOD having garnered momentum by the work from home ( WFH ) model that most enterprises have implemented because of the imposed lockdown restrictions across many countries on the continent , industry experts warn enterprises that there is no one size fits all approach .
Business fears
And while the rules in a BYOD policy often vary depending on a user ’ s role in the organisation , CIOs
James Hennah , Director – Security , BT Asia , Middle East and Africa , said with rapid advances in and
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