Security Challenge in Enterprises with BYOD 2.0

June, 2018

The surge in popularity of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is leading to the second generation of BYOD among enterprises. BYOD is already adding a greater value to employees with efficient time management; and enterprises with increased workplace efficiency. Despite the fact that BYOD has delivered a significant increase in the organization productivity, this workplace model has become a pain point for CIOs to address relevant cybersecurity challenges.

The second phase of BYOD is expanding its boundaries with the emergence of WYOD (Wear Your Own Device); WYOD typically refers to smartwatches, smart glass, VR devices, smart clothes and other kinds of wearables. The wearables such as augmented reality (AR) glasses, smart watches are popular among healthcare and business enterprises and the third-party applications in these wearables are becoming popular. As the WYOD comes to workplace, enterprises need to rethink their strategy to recognize the inherent security weaknesses that might occur from wearables.

Recent Trends:

  • Only 20% of the android smartphones are being updated which can withstand cyber threats or attacks

  • The market for enterprise WYOD is expected to be significantly larger than the consumer wearables during 2017-2023

  • AR and VR devices are expected to become popular among enterprise users

Any cyber vulnerability with WYOD will lead to possible threats such as data theft than data breach; often it leads to Data Theft due to high degree of vulnerability to Malware. Considering these security challenges, enterprises might sanction some of these wearables for enterprise uses and the adoption of cloud security for wearables is also expected to increase. As the workplace models move closer towards WYOD, more number of enterprises will establish solid security practices as the wearables are considered to be productivity tools for getting work done.

- Srujan,
Research Analyst(ICT),
Infoholic Research