Companies have a choice for devices in the workplace - employee or corporate owned

By November 08, 2012
business people in a meeting room with mobile devices

The weaknesses of BYOD have brought another model of corporate owned, personally enabled devices. But concerns can be addressed by security and efficiency software services as well.

Corporate environments have often provided employees with dedicated devices in the past, but the strengthening of the consumer electronics movement has influenced that recently. Employee-owned laptops, smartphones or tablets may be just as powerful as the ones that the company would be providing for them. So companies began allowing workers to bring their own devices, known as the BYOD trend. Devices are consumer-purchased and supported by the enterprise IT department. But there are caveats to BYOD - due to outside devices accessing corporate data, security concerns began to develop, as well as the possibility of increased IT costs.

Corporate devices managed by employees

So a new choice is emerging for employees to use connected gadgets within the workplace, known as corporate owned, personally enabled, or COPE. In contrast to BYOD, where employees bring in their own devices to use for enterprise functions, COPE is purchased by the organization and managed by employees. COPE enables businesses to set functions and permissions on an ad hoc basis, allowing greater control over device activity. In addition to the more robust security that COPE can provide, it can save money for businesses and employees. Employees often are reimbursed for these more restricted-use devices, and companies can get better prices for the order of multiple units.

Or third party software to secure personally owned devices

BYOD continues to be supported by third-party developers, who try to answer companies’ concerns about data protection. For instance, app management platform Apperian enables brands to secure several different mobile operating systems with business app services. The platform keeps employee personal information and corporate apps and data separate, helping to assuage security and privacy concerns. Apperian incorporates app inspection, which scans for malware and data leaks. The security restricts certain higher-risk activities, such as copy and paste, as well as only lets approved apps access the corporate network. 

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