Earlier this year, Google announced Android for Work. This new functionality leverages the power of the Android platform, making them even more effective tools for enterprise organizations. Though the technology is still new, there are exciting implications for companies with bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies. Read on to learn how Android for Work can help secure your network and boost your employees’ mobility.
How Android for Work Makes BYOD Policies Safer
The primary challenge with BYOD policies is ensuring devices do not become compromised while away from a secure environment and then infect the network when they reconnect. Even well-meaning employees can inadvertently infect a network by clicking on the wrong link while at home. Advanced endpoint threat detection helps identify and mitigate security risks, but the fast-evolving nature of malicious cyber threats means prevention is better than detection.
Google provides a novel solution for making BYOD policies safer: keep data separate. For devices with the newest version of Android (Lollipop), features such as multi-user support, default encryption, and enhanced security come with the operating system. These features allow company data to be isolated and protected so that even if the personal data of a device becomes compromised, the work data (and the network) remain safe.
For devices running Android Ice Cream Sandwich and newer, all of the work functionality (including email, documents, contacts, calendar, and work apps) is stored securely in the Android for Work App. In both scenarios, the IT department is in complete control over company data. This means if an employee leaves a company, or if the device is lost or stolen, IT can remotely erase just the work data without removing the device’s personal data.
Greater Device Accessibility
Perhaps the single most important feature of Android for Work is how it can be used on older devices. Now, with the download of an app, millions of underpowered devices become the perfect platform to perform enterprise tasks.
Android for Work allows users to bring their own devices in one of two ways.
- First, the feature is built right into devices running Lollipop (Android 5.0) or newer. This is convenient for users with phones released in the last year or so.
- Second, Android users with devices running Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) and newer can enjoy similar functionality through downloading an app from the Google Play store.
There are other ways Android for Work benefits your workforce and can transform enterprise mobility.
- Ease of Use: Because Android for Work functions in a virtually identical way as the normal Android experience, users have a very small learning curve.
- Secure Deployment and Management of Apps: With Google Play for Work, businesses can make sure IT approves every deployed app, adding further layers of mobile device security.
- Greater Personal Privacy: Since the work and personal data are side-by-side on the device, never overlapping, users can rest assured knowing their employers can never see or modify their personal data.
Setting Up Android for Work
If Android for work sounds like an ideal solution for your company, there is an important requirement you should be aware of. In order for a device to be used, it needs to be linked with one of Google’s enterprise partners. These partners include many common software solution providers including VMWare, Blackberry, and others.
Even though Android for Work is a relatively new technology, the Patriot team has the experience and knowledge to bring its benefits to your business. Contact us to learn more about using Android for Work in your enterprise environment and gain the additional network security benefits.