Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy is something that’s been widely entertained in the corporate world these days as it reduces machine cost for the company, and also allows employees to work on a device they’re comfortable with.
A major roadblock would be keeping these outside devices secure once it enters the company’s network. Typically, apps are installed to make sure that such devices are clean but imagine doing that to a hundred devices and maintaining them. With the rate of refresh of personal devices as opposed to company-issued ones, it will be a challenging task for an IT department to manage them.
Blue Coat offers a solution in the form of their Mobile Device Security service which operates at the network level, instead on the device level, to extend the same protection and control that is available in corporate headquarters to mobile devices in any location. This approach allows businesses to embrace mobile devices in the corporate environment by delivering three key features:
- Advanced Defenses: The Blue Coat MDS service is powered by WebPulse and the industry’s only Negative Day Defense to protect against device agnostic threats that indiscriminately target users on laptops, desktops, smartphones and tablets.
- Granular Application and Operation Controls: Unlike mobile device-level solutions that simply block entire mobile applications and offer no control over mobile browser applications, the MDS service provides granular application and operational controls across both types of applications ““ native mobile and mobile browser. These granular controls allow businesses to set flexible IT policies that prevent inadvertent data loss and ensure consistent enforcement across the extended environment, closing the application security gap.
- Contextual Policies: To balance the demand for network access from employees with the security needs of the business, the MDS service supports a robust policy framework that intelligently applies policies based on user, device, location and content. This flexibility allows businesses to create policies that can accommodate both personal and business usage without compromising security.