CloudCodes Approach for BYOD

Debasish Pramanik | October 17th, 2016 | CloudCodes


BYOD stands for ‘Bring Your Own Device’. It is a policy that is being followed by various companies where they allow their employees to bring their personal communication devices like tablets, mobile phones, and laptops at work. This is also known by various other names like BYOT, ‘Bring Your Own Technology’ and BYOP, ‘Bring Your Own Phone’. Under BYOD, employees are allowed to bring their own devices that are in use for work at their workplace abiding with company regulations.

Many factors have driven the concept or acceptance of BYOD. Let us see how:

  • It helps in the cost cuttings and productivity gains.
  • An increased employee satisfaction from BYOD often leads to increased productivity.
  • It is a natural observation that people feel very comfortable with their personal devices.

On the other hand, they have been very perturbed with any restriction to reach their personal devices. Smartphones, which have become the order of the day as well as a part and parcel of our current lifestyle, these are all the bright side of BYOD.

Many factors have driven the concept or acceptance of BYOD. Let us see how:

  • How do you think by bringing personal devices and accessing company’s applications or information which affects an organization’s data security? It brings various security concerns and risks with it.
  • Think of a situation where company’s employee who uses his Smartphone to access data from the organization’s network somehow misplaces his/her phone. What if the phone reaches in the hands of any malicious party that can harm the organization with the help of sensitive data residing in the phone?
  • Think of a situation where an employee leaves the company with various data and company’s applications present on his phone. These employees can still access data and company’s secured network. What if they are hired by any competitor organization? These are a few risks, tough there are many others.

Now, the question arises how an organization can secure their sensitive data and information, while moving along with BYOD policy at the same time. Is there any system that Applies compliances over mobile or desktop?

Yes, you can very effectively reduce various risks associated with the personal device usage at the workplaces. CloudCodes out-of-the-box product, SSO1 brings to you cool and safety features like Mobile app restriction, IP restriction and Geo fencing. Though there are many other safety features available like Multifactor Authentication, Browser Restrictions, Time based Restriction, AD integration, Password Policy and Device restriction, the focus would be on above three features in context to BYOD.

Let’s check out these three features one by one; how they are going to add security layers to your cloud world.

  • SSO1- IP Restriction: Most of you must be aware that free public Wi-Fi at places like railway stations, airports, cafes, and hotels are not safe. But, how many of you care when you have to send an important mail or submit a bid with near to end deadline? Not now though, as with SSO1, the admin can implement IP restriction that will block any such access through risky public Wi-Fi and networks. SSO1 gives the ability to create a set (or range) of Blacklisted IPs and Whitelisted IPs. All the IPs under Blacklisted category will be automatically blocked.
  • SSO1- Geo Fencing: With this feature, the admin can deploy a kind of protective fence around company’s cloud infrastructure. There are many countries in the world that are infamous for their unethical hacker groups. The admin can successfully blacklist these locations through Geo-fencing while the page will be accessible from the whitelist location without any restrictions. Not just that, with the report feature, the admin can readily find out about various attempts to access the login page from these blacklisted locations.
  • SSO1- Mobile App Restriction: This feature is also similar to IP restriction. With this feature, an admin can create two categories of apps – Whitelisted app and Blacklisted app. Often, employees are seen to aimlessly surf social networking sites like Facebook, WhatsApp, Hike or shopping websites like Flipkart and Amazon etc. Earlier, it was not possible to monitor the activities of employee, but with SSO1, you can effectively monitor and block their unproductive activities by suspending all these apps on their phones. Not just that, the admin can also block the large data sharing cloud based platforms like DropBox to share confidential data. Several times, employees use these risky shortcuts to get their work done in the quickest possible time without caring about the consequences. Often, the authentic and approved channels employed at the organization’s network are slower due to security checks. This compels them to look for other alternatives which ultimately compromise with the safety and security of the company.