BYOD Presents GDPR a Challenge


The Norwegian cybersecurity solutions provider wanted to raise its authority level with this white paper. The Thought Leadership piece examines the increasingly popular corporate practice of BYOD (Bring-Your-Own-Device) in organizations: staff using their personal smartphones and tablets for work. Cross the implications of a corporate data breach through one of these devices with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and companies may find themselves paying steep fines.

A majority of businesses support a policy popularly known as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). This involves individuals accessing corporate data through company-sanctioned, IT-secured applications on mobile devices. Most companies permit some level of use of personal devices, while some deploy their own tightly-controlled smartphones and tablets to staff.

However, if Malware successfully exposes corporate data of EU citizens that was held on a personal device after May 2018, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) cites that the EU will heavily penalize the organization, legally and financially.

The private nature of mobile devices, the sheer number of end-points and the variability of device operating systems makes Application Shielding a viable solution to a problem that could destroy companies.

While it may be possible to secure corporate applications and data in the field through IT command-and-control mechanisms, personal devices exist outside the domain of protective corporate firewalls. It becomes nearly impossible to deploy security measures to every personal device in the field on a frequent, consistent basis.

Company IT departments have traditionally protected corporate data by rolling out Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM) / (MDM) Mobile Device Management software across their networks. IT departments prefer centralized control over device authentication, user credentials like user ids and passwords, and even end-point data encryption.

Read the Thought Leadership piece here…

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