Rapid BYOD adoption requires strict database governance

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Finally, enterprises are beginning to fully embrace bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies and taking ownership of the changing IT and database administration demands that come with this trend.

According to research conducted by Good Technology, 76 percent of firms now fully support BYOD, and further, companies with no plans to adopt these policies dropped to only 5 percent. Chris Hazelton, Research Director for Mobile and Wireless at 451 Research, attributed this growing trend to the fact that workers are more productive in a BYOD environment.

Good Technology's survey implies that IT departments will need to re-consider security policies to protect corporate information and access to the database from employee devices. Hazelton commented on what BYOD will mean for changes in enterprise database management.

"While there is a lot of focus on supporting and controlling the device, the next challenge for IT will be provisioning and securing large volumes of enterprise apps and data in BYOD deployments," he stated.

Taking control of IT
Should businesses neglect to address security risks that come with BYOD, executives may take personal measures without the approval or recommendation of IT. Computer World explained that the threat of rogue clouds can be eliminated by adopting a company-wide cloud storage solution that encompasses all employee devices' access to the database. The source was adamant that decision-making for enforcement of BYOD policies should not be left up to individual employees, as this can leave security loopholes that make organizations vulnerable. Experts agree that it can be beneficial to involve stakeholders in purchasing decisions for IT security solutions. CIO of Christus Health George Conklin told the news source what his enterprise has done to avoid security threats.

"We have organizational commitment to governance over IT that reduces the probability that someone will go off on their own without engaging my folks to ensure we are doing the right things," he explained, "We have done a lot to educate people and have a governance structure in place that ensures [any SaaS or cloud services] are thoroughly vetted and part of the plan."

One of the main obstacles to ensuring database security in the face of BYOD is finding true database experts. Computer World reported that 63 percent of CIOs surveyed by Robert Half technology claim that finding IT security talent is a challenge. Nearly half of CIOs cited database management as a top priority in desirable IT skills.

The inevitability of BYOD suggests that enterprises need to actively address new demands for remote DBA support in order to avoid employees jeopardizing database security on personal devices.

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