In recent years, a growing number of enterprises and organizations are encouraging employees to bring their own smartphones, tablets and laptops to work and use them to access privileged company information.

According to recent research, some 75% of employees in high growth markets such as Brazil and Russia and 44% in developed markets are already using their private devices at work.

While the benefits of this Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy are clear, it raises serious security issues. These risks include:

  • Mobile devices are small and easy to lose: Smartphones and tablets are easy prey for thieves and people often lose their phones or leave them unattended in public places.
  • Devices are personally owned: This changes employee expectations about privacy and security. In particular, personally owned devices often mix potentially sensitive business information with personal data.
  • Employees take work off-premises: A Harris Interactive Poll (2011) found that more than 50 percent of employees use portable devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops, and flash drives) to take sensitive information outside company facilities. Employees are liable to copy data from the corporate network onto their personal devices even when told not to.
  • Employees value convenience more than security: If a security policy is overly cumbersome or inconvenient, employees will find a way around it.
  • Lack of effective tools to enforce a secure BYOD setup: In a recent survey of IT professionals, more than 65 percent said they do not have the necessary tools in place to manage personal devices on the corporate network, and 27% said they are not certain how many personal devices are actually accessing the network.

SkypeShield for BYOD

Large enterprises and organizations using Skype for Business (Lync) must pay attention to securing connectivity. While most mobile security solutions focus on protecting the data stored on the mobile device through encryption strategies and containerization, SkypeShield offers a new approach that completely eliminates the need to store Active Directory (AD) passwords on the device.

SkypeShield interacts directly with the client-server Skype for Business traffic and effectively controls who connects to the network. This is done based on the device used and not only on credentials. SkypeShield does not require any additional client installation, making it an ideal security solution for BYOD.

SkypeShield & BYOD

  • A secure Lync connectivity solution for BYOD
  • Supports all mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone)
  • Built to protect the organization while using personal or corporate mobile devices on public networks
  • Complements corporate mobile device management (MDM) solutions