The Federal Bank started using mobile devices for accessing the corporate information from 2009 onwards. Back then the number of such devices was limited and corporate email was the first application that could be accessed through them. Today, however, the number of applications published for access on mobiles has increased manifold along with a variety of devices available in the market. This has both advantages and challenges.
K P Sunny, CIO, Federal Bank, says, “Our challenge is to ensure availability of applications on all these devices and to build a device management capability, which can enforce control on all these devices. To be on safer side, we restrict the access to information from specific brand of devices.” Further stressing the importance and criticality of the challenge of protecting data that an organisation deals with, he says that this is what will ultimately decide an organisation’s willingness to build a mobility strategy.
“Also, we are under strict regulations that mandate the need for data management and control. Any instance of data leak will be looked at seriously by the market,which in turn will affect the credibility of the organisation. Hence, there can be no compromise in building such capabilities,” adds Sunny.
There is a Gartner report that predicts that by 2017, half of all employers will require workers to supply their own devices for work purposes. According to Gartner, enterprises that offer only corporate-owned smartphones or provide stipends to buy your own will soon become the exception to the rule. As enterprise BYOD programmes proliferate, 38% of companies are expected to stop providing devices to workers by 2016 and let them use their own.