In this environment of expanding digital workspaces, mobile devices are connected to more data than at any other time in history. Study after study shows that mobile access is increasing at an exponential rate. This comes as no surprise given that each of us are finding ways to use our mobile devices for an incredible number of functions, from sending email to conducting research, from shopping to looking up driving directions, from accessing company resources to creating on-the-job efficiencies.

When it comes to enterprise mobility specifically, challenges around deployment, oversight, maintenance and security make the decision-making landscape rather complex. In the corporate environment, much of the data we access is tied to sensitive company resources such as emails, spreadsheets, documents and customer information. Simultaneously, personally-owned devices (BYOD) are becoming a bigger part of every organization, creating additional issues around personal privacy, usage, stipends, work/personal separation, discovery and support.

Based on our experience, we have found that a large majority of companies do NOT have adequate and up-to-date mobile device usage policies and governance. Even in those that do have policies in place, we find coverage of key issues is often lacking, particularly around how such issues affect employees, the organization, vendors, customers and other stakeholders. The lack of properly defined policies creates confusion, raises costs, and elevates risks surrounding data security.

At the same time, we all know that company and customer data is increasingly the target of cyber criminals. Organizations such as Walmart, Exxon, Apple, UnitedHealth, General Motors, Amazon and even government entities are acknowledging the need for added verbiage in their vendor contracts requiring data security measures around the mobile end point. What is not clearly outlined, defined and communicated is quickly becoming an added risk that many companies can’t afford to take.

Throughout the past six years, Tech Orchard has developed and refined key elements and best practices around crafting and implementing mobile device usage policies, making sure to address topics such as these.

In this digital age, companies must put policies and governance at the forefront of their mobile strategy and overall data security plan. This is especially true for those offering a BYOD environment. (Learn more about BYOD policy best practices in this AirWatch blog post.) Fortunately, technologies continue to evolve that can assist businesses in finding smart ways to provide secure access to the information and resources employees need most. When in doubt about the effectiveness of your efforts, contact the Tech Orchard team. We can make sure your mobile policies and governance documents are current and relevant, and that you organization is well positioned to remain competitive in the marketplace even as mobile technology changes.

Phil Poje, CEO of TechOrchard

Phil Poje | CEO, TechOrchard

A serial entrepreneur with more than 30 years of executive leadership and ownership experience, Phil has a unique understanding of the challenges that exist within the rapidly growing technology sector. Contact him directly at phil@techorchard.com to discuss innovative ways for overcoming those challenges and propelling your organization to new levels of success.