How To Manage BYOD Apps Effectively

The rise of enterprise BYOD has left companies with a new challenge of securing critical company data and applications. It’s gotten to the point where organizations are going to have these enterprise mission apps, use-at-work kind of apps, and it’s going to increase efficiency and employee productivity, but there is a need to balance all that with security.

And combined with the further challenge of how to create a device-friendly solution that is compatible with multiple OS platforms without requiring propriety or expensive tooling, IT management has a big problem to address.

Gartner says that BYOD is an applications strategy and setting usage policies does not translate into designing applications to meet BYOD demands. The research firm suggests applications within the enterprise now need to meet the demand of a diverse community of users within and outside the firm to complement overall increasing demands.

To meet these administrative demands, IT departments must be able to manage, update, provision and report on enterprise applications, without infringing employee privacy rights of damaging personal data of end users. The following best practices are emerging as solutions that allow fine-grain control over applications across a range of deployment modes and devices:

Mobile Application Management (MAM)

Mobile Device Management solutions are often recommended to secure corporate information and device compliance, but they don’t take any considerations into account on an app level. This calls for the need for an app-centric approach access management and the distribution of enterprise apps, which has resulted in the rising trend of Mobile Application Management (MAM).

Kony Mobile Management Cloud reveals that MAM solutions enable companies to distribute private and public apps from an enterprise app store, control on-device encryption, conduct audit trials and restrict usage of apps based on geo-fencing, ideal timeout and more. So it lets IT control enterprise-native and third-party apps within the internal infrastructure. This results in an effective solution to deliver apps to BYOD devices.

Monitor app usage behavior

Organizations need to gain as much control over apps as possible, especially as the information/data exchanged via third-party apps, or even in-house, could lead to security threats if misused. This could be an issue with apps installed on employee owned devices, as they will want to continue the freedom to access any application using their phones and tablets without interference from the employer.

In fact, interference can lead to legal troubles for the enterprise, because federal and state laws call for punishment over unauthorized access to employee personal devices. There’s even a stored communications act under Electronic Communications Privacy Act that states such breach and its consequences. Organizations, however, can monitor employee app usage behavior; surveys and workshops can provide detailed feedback towards enterprise app and BYOD compliance.

Device-level APIs

Enterprise app developers can create universally accessible applications by tapping into device-level APIs; all while conforming to app management policies. For example, IT management can deploy HTML5 apps; aiming every staff member with the apps they need, on any desired device.

Device-level APIs and frameworks empower IT managers and developers with complete control over enterprise apps, including the ability to make changes in real-time according to specific apps and devices. End users can access all apps without surrendering privacy to BYOD management.

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