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Services firm Beca tackles BYOD challenge

Veronica C. Silva | Aug. 30, 2012
Company deploys mobile security solution to coordinate company-owned and personal devices in the network.

Engineering services company Beca has been successful in securing a mix of company provisioned and personal devices through the use of Good for Enterprise solutions by Good Technology, a company specialising in addressing the challenges of mobile enterprises.

Good Technology's solution was a fit for Beca, which was initially challenged with managing a network with a mix of company-supplied and personally-owned devices.  The goal was to secure the network while improving employee productivity.

"With company-owned devices, it is easy to mandate the device and operating system, but BYOD (bring-you-own-device) creates a total cost of ownership nightmare where you have to keep certifying all the new devices that want to gain access to your company data," said Andy Shields, group IT manager, Beca.

He added that this challenge is especially true in Asia where 100 percent of the devices are personally owned.

Mobile phones

To secure data at rest and in transit, Beca has adopted the Good for Enterprise technology in its mobile fleet that uses iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, among other devices.

Specifically, Good for Enterprise provides secure e-mail, calendaring, Intranet and contacts along with mobile device management for such operating systems.

As a better alternative to the stand-alone mobile device management solutions, Good for Enterprise's patented AES 192 end-to-end encryption infrastructure builds a "military-grade" secure data container on the device.

Furthermore, the technology also allows the user to develop and manage its own enterprise app store.

Privacy

Shields also detailed the challenges associated with employee privacy and convenience that are associated with BYOD.

"Employees do not want their IT department to have administrative access to personal content or have their entire device wiped including all their baby photos and personal text messages," Shields said.

Beca said it started using Good for Enterprise in June 2010, initially on 200 Windows Phones. Afterwards, it installed Good's secure data container on 1,000 smartphones and tablets in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, China and Indonesia.

Founded and still headquartered in New Zealand, Beca employs 2,600 personnel in 17 offices around the globe.

 

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