The various lockdowns in large parts of the world as a result of the global pandemic has changed the way organisations operate. However, the degree to which companies have had to make changes to accommodate this “new normal” may vary.
While many businesses may have enabled BYOD before the outbreak, rarely were the environments designed to support most of (or even the entire) workforce of an organisation. Work from home then quickly became a necessity and as more businesses resume on-site operations, they will continue to have a lot of challenges to deal with during these uncertain times.
BYOD will definitely play a more prominent role for organisations now that many of them have had a taste of its benefits. But before they can confidently reap the rewards such as better productivity, information-sharing, innovation and cost-effectiveness, companies must ensure that they have a proper BYOD plan in place.
BYOD may lead to higher levels of employee satisfaction while businesses can capitalise on the lower overhead costs. Nevertheless, with the wrong approach, the use of personal devices could be problematic for both employers and employees. For one, it opens up organisations to a slew of security risks and requires different approaches to security. We can’t discount the fact that these devices would also be used outside of work and may contain employees’ personal information and data as well.
Businesses that compel employees to install software such as mobile device management (MDM) can gain better control and visibility over the devices that access their corporate network and cloud resources. However, try to enforce too much control, and they may end up violating employee privacy.
VPNs and VDIs are also popular approaches for remote working. These come with their own set of challenges, such as high costs, complexities, and they can introduce latency problems that hinder employee productivity.
Now, there are better options out there that can satisfy both employers and employees. The BlackBerry Desktop is an example of a platform that was designed to provide full business productivity and secure remote access from non-corporate managed devices. It allows businesses to:
Reduce the need for VPN or VDI
Save cost on complex hardware, certification and authentication
Avoid complicated sign-in procedures
Once connected, a remote worker can access their corporate tools and cloud apps securely from any device of their choice. Remote workers just need to download the app on their devices, which will create a containerised secure browser that enables them to access corporate email, calendar, documents, contacts, intranet websites, cloud-based business apps, Office 365 apps and file sharing. IT admins can also easily limit activities and access for remote workers.
Adding new users is as simple as it gets. With BlackBerry Desktop, companies can quickly onboard or offboard contractors, partners, non-employees, and home workers to get them working on the platform in no time at all. Wiping off all corporate data from the device is also easy, and it can be done non-intrusively, without invading on the privacy of the end-users.
BlackBerry’s reputation and proven capability for developing secure mobile communications and software have certainly been incorporated into this platform that is designed to be continuously protected from evolving cyber threats.
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