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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Bitglass' 2020 Personal Device Report

By Juan Lugo | July 8, 2020 at 5:00 AM
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The surge of unmanaged devices syncing corporate data in recent months has served as a catalyst for BYOD (bring your own device) adoption. The way business is conducted is changing on a larger scale, and the integration of SaaS (software as a service) applications accessed outside of the corporate network is transcending individual and organizational productivity.

Although most organizations that implement a BYOD program see improvements in cost savings, and increased productivity, they come with security risks. Over 26% of organizations lack visibility into even basic mobile applications such as email on personal devices. Employees are now able to download, upload, and share data from personal devices, remote locations, and unsecured public networks. This means that data is able to go far beyond the security firewalls of the organization. Therefore, it is crucial for organizations to maintain total visibility and control over data that is being accessed on and off-premises. However, over 72% of organizations either lack BYOD malware protection entirely or rely upon endpoint installations. 

The agentless deployment method of Bitglass’ Multi-Mode CASB solution eliminates the need for software installations that traditional CASBs still require. Therefore, IT departments can quickly adopt the cloud and BYOD, enabling them to carry out remote operations while minimizing the risk of data leaks. Bitglass secures personal devices through the use of patented reverse proxies, which enables them to secure data agentlessly. Today, organizations need comprehensive control over sensitive data as off-premises access becomes more common. With the use of an agentless CASB solution, organizations can protect user privacy, secure data in any application, device, and location--all while preserving the user experience. 

In addition to the above, over 42% of participating organizations stated that they couldn’t verify whether or not internal BYO devices were exposed to malware infections. In order to stop malware infections in its tracks, organizations should turn to agentless advanced threat protection (ATP) tools that leverage machine learning to identify and block zero-day threats at upload, at download, and at rest. Bitglass’ report illustrates the challenges that organizations are facing in their attempts to enable BYOD without hindering their security. Learn why companies should adopt BYOD, how to secure it, and much more.

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