Ford Motors to implement BYOD mobile security

Jun 15, 2012 15:40:13Posted by John Skorick, MyAKA Founder & CEO

Ford Motors to implement BYOD mobile security

Many employers and entrepreneurs are looking for new ways to make their business efficient while also budgeting successfully. A new trend as of late has employees bringing their own device (BYOD) to work. This way, the individual can access everything at the office and at home with one device.

Ford Motor Company recently announced they will be launching a new security system to support the BYOD strategy. Ford is one of many companies starting to implement security measures, according to Network World.

IT departments are starting to develop similar policies to ensure their confidential data is kept in the hands of trustworthy employees. These new policies give people the opportunity to access this data no matter where they are and will enhance employees' mobile security. According to the news source, the Ford policy will protect corporate email while also providing "streamlined management and support" for different types of employee-owned mobile devices, and a "simplified end-user experience".

This comes soon after a Gartner survey shows BYOD is the top concern for enterprises and their security across the globe. As a result, a great number of plans are being put in place to protect important data.

"Mature countries consider BYOD programs as bringing with them both legal and technical issues, whereas emerging countries only see technical issues. For instance, mature regions are more concerned with security and data privacy regulations for immature MDM than emerging regions," said researcher director at Gartner Chae-Gi Lee. "In [Brazil, Russia, India and China], employee turnover can be high in some sectors, leading to more theft of devices and data. BYOD and virtualization can reduce those enterprise losses."

The survey also showed that in the study of companies with 500 people or more 90 percent of enterprises have issued mobile devices, but many have yet to deploy security measures.

The idea of granting an employee instant access to the company's confidential data makes some uneasy, but it is also brings up possible employee privacy concerns. For instance, someone may not want to be contacted while they are away from the office. If this is the case, the person may want to set up a virtual phone number, which can be shut off during certain hours and be given out just to business contacts.