Magazine Article | April 21, 2014

Capitalize On The Growing BYOD Security Threat

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By Jay McCall

Alleviate your customers’ struggles to fit personal mobile devices into their IT environments, and earn incremental recurring revenue streams in the process.

IIn last month’s issue of Business Solutions magazine, we looked at how managed services providers can make money by adding MDM (mobile device management) solutions to their RMM (remote monitoring and management) platforms. As the remote workforce trend continues, mobile computing devices are being used as a replacement for — or in addition to — traditional workstations, requiring a new approach to security and IT management.

This month, we’ll focus on a trend that’s closely related to and has many intersecting points with MDM — BYOD. The bring-your-own-device trend refers specifically to your customers’ employees using their own personal smartphones, laptops, and tablets to perform some or all of their job duties. In some cases, BYOD can be as simple and basic as accessing company email on a personal device. In other cases, BYOD entails giving employees full access to their company’s networks and enabling them to use multiple corporate applications such as CRM, collaboration, VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol), and video conferencing.

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