DCN October 2017 - Page 47

final thought A breach of privacy? A recent study on the use of agent- based mobile security found that only 44% of employees would accept having MDM or MAM installed on their personal devices. The report also found that the majority of employees choose not to enrol in their employer’s BYOD programme because of privacy concerns. Finding a balance between employee satisfaction and security used to be the conundrum of BYOD: IT teams could either see too much, or too little, of their employee’s daily activities.  The same study found that more than two thirds of employees “Only 44% of employees would accept having MDM or MAM installed on their personal devices.” said they would agree to a BYOD programme where the solution just protected company data and could not view, alter or delete private data, such as photos or apps. Such a solution would aim to offer the IT team complete visibility and control over corporate data on BYOD, without impacting employee privacy and productivity. It is perhaps not so surprising that such ‘agentless’ mobile security solutions are quickly gaining adoption in the enterprise, with Gartner predicting that by 2018, “more than half of all bring your own device (BYOD) users that currently have an MDM agent will be managed by an agentless solution.” Unlike the MDM/MAM alternative, security solutions that do not rely on a software agent installed on the device itself can be set up so that they only monitor corporate data.    If left unmanaged, BYOD policies can create a lot of risks to corporate data. Previously, IT teams have had to take an ‘all or nothing’ approach to how they manage BYOD, but the rise of these agentless solutions means that IT teams can finally establish a middle ground between data security and employee satisfaction. October 2017 | 47