Bring Your Own Network: The Next BYOD?

Bring Your Own Network: The Next BYOD?

June 9

Lots of companies are dealing with bring-your-own-device (BYOD), saying that much of it can be a threat to security if not addressed.

About two years ago, StorageCraft colleague Casey Morgan wrote about how in addition to that, bring-your-own-network (BYON) was steadily becoming an issue. Employees are bringing their own wireless hotspots and other networking devices to work.

Though BYON isn’t talked about as much as BYOD, we wondered if it was still something trending in the workplace.

As it turns out, in today’s workplace, they are linked more than you might think.

BYON and BYOD go hand-in-hand because BYOD was adopted too fast, said Sarah Lahav, CEO of SysAid Technologies, an Israel-based company founded in 2002 that develops and provides IT service management software.

“Companies are currently struggling about what to do around it,” she said. “There is a need for the end-user and because it is all based on security, people are not understanding the policy and security. In addition, implementing any BYOD solution takes a long time.”

Essentially, this means that bring-you-own-network is a side effect of bring-your-own-device policies not being implemented fast enough.

That is probably not a foreign concept to most employees. How many times have you been doing your work, and you realize that you need a certain software program, for instance, in order to open a document. If your company is like most, the ability to download only happens if your IT administrator enables it.

And we all know that finding the IT person, getting him or her to make the time and actually having it done, isn’t going to be in the next 30 minutes.

That’s why Lahav is taking the time to educate customers and friends in the community to create a BYOD policy so it will eliminate the need for BYON.

“The network is already around us, so everyone is always connected and used to it,” she said. “The fact that we can easily use an iPad or iPhone doesn’t change when we come to work. We expect the same result.”

With workers becoming more tech savvy, they know how to do it and also how to get around things as well.

In that case, Lahav said it is all about understanding, and for organizations to embrace technology instead of limiting it.

“If they did that, our discussion right now would not be relevant,” she added.

One of the things currently creating BYON is because everyone expects, with technology, some kind of an experience, which usually means using a smartphone to create that same experience, Lahav said.

“If we are failing, we find something else that is easy,” she said. “We already have data packages, so it doesn’t cost anything extra to use it. It is all about simplicity and experience. With IT, you fail to understand the concept that people will find a means to an end.”

So, until BYOD is more readily adopted and strategically implemented by companies, then employees will always find a work-around, whether it is something like shadow IT or bring-your-own-network.

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