How do you your network bandwidth and security when people keep attaching their own mobile devices to your network? Do you know when they’re on your network? Do you know how much of your bandwidth they’re using? Do you know what they’re doing and how that affects your network security? And do you know when and how to plan for those devices? And what about those devices that aren’t even supposed to be on your network?

 

More Mobile Devices on Company Networks

 

The past decade has seen a tremendous rise in the use of mobile devices like notebook computers, smart phones, tablet computers, bar code readers, Personal Navigation Devices (PNDs) and Global Positioning Systems (GPSs), among others. Folks have their smart phones and even tablets with them all the time, no matter where they go. Which brings us to the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to work movement, in which employees not only bring and use their own devices at work, but often use those devices for work purposes – accessing what’s supposed to be secure organizational data.

 

Meeting the Challenges Ahead

 

BYOD can help employees be more productive, but present some real challenges for IT departments. Employee mobile devices on your network can, however, be a win-win situation for both your company and its employees. Especially if you’re able to develop and implement plans for:

 

  • Protecting secure data
  • Enhancing IT infrastructure security
  • Regulating the use of increased IP-enabled devices
  • Monitoring Wi-Fi access points and user logons
  • Keeping a check on bandwidth consumption
  • Strengthening Wi-Fi connectivity and security
  • Revamping enterprise IT policy to make provisions for BYOD and mobile devices

 

For more information on BYOD and steps to help your company make the most of this trend, take a look at the SolarWinds whitepaper, Managing the BYOD Chaos. This whitepaper provides you with the facts, figures, and tools information you need to make your company’s BYOD plan a success!