Small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) have embraced BYOD. In a study of SMBs from the IT community, Spiceworks, 61 percent of respondents said they have a BYOD policy in place. However, the same study found that 56 percent of that group also said they had not implemented any mobile device management (MDM) strategies and didn't have plans to do so within the next six months.
While BYOD might allow these smaller businesses to save on hardware costs, it does open up unique risks for IT. With employees running on varying operating systems and hardware, it becomes difficult to implement secure solutions across the board, leaving sensitive data at risk. If just one employee's tablet falls into the wrong hands, you're going to wish you had some way to remotely wipe data on that device. But small businesses also have small IT departments -- sometimes consisting of only one person -- so a BYOD management strategy needs be straightforward, affordable and low-maintenance.
Just because your business doesn't have a big budget or a large staff doesn't mean you can't ensure that all your corporate data remains secure, no matter where it lives. Here are five affordable, low-maintenance MDM products that will help you embrace secure BYOD.