When IT Consumerization was in its initial stages, IT security mechanisms that were implemented had firm control but now, not anymore. It seemed that these mechanisms could say to users, “listen here! It’s a guarantee you play according to the rules”. But as for now, it seems IT is the one playing according to the rules of these users. With this huge shift in IT Consumerization, huge impacts have come along, and it has posed enormous risks for both the forensics department and the IT Security. It has made users to view it as a support for new, impressive user devices hence making them miss the significance of this business trend which is to increase user control over how they interact with the business IT resources they do require.
Paradoxically, the advancement of IT Consumerization is expanding the general IT scope but also reducing its control and affecting security because IT security’s role doesn’t stop at the firewall as it used to be. This then diminishes the effect of security, therefore, making users to access technology in an uncontrolled manner resulting to the diminishing of the impact of IT forensics. Decision-creation towards IT policy-implementations is now becoming democratic with users having more manipulation on a total basis of their needs and convenience in IT flexibility according to how it favors them more than how it favors the business. This flexibility has resulted in lack of central control making IT forensics to become more and more arduous. There’s then need to implement safeguards to mitigate the challenges of this phenomenon in successful organizations, both technical and administrative. Here below are the most effective ones.
Excellent identity and access management
Primarily, there’s need to conduct careful planning which will be required to ensure that adequate security processes and controls are well-implemented to protect sensitive information and applications. Identity and access management capabilities, including such areas as identity lifecycle management, strong user authentication, Web access management, information protection, and encryption will increase in importance.
Controlling the state of virtualization
IT Consumerization should also be made non-technologically-agnostic oriented. This will control the state of virtualization and make sure that capabilities and actions of consumer devices that users are adopting are under careful management and control. Users identities should be under a controlled management system that tracks the number of devices and device limits per user. This will make sure that monitoring is easy and users abide by business rules and regulations at all times.
Heightened technological monitoring
All inside resource utilization should be well-monitored, and incorporation of latest modes of technology to do this should be implemented. This will ease tracking of DHCPs and also track and monitor all communications and activities that seem suspicious and don’t fall under the firm’s business IT’s policies. It will also control user-access to critical IT assets via BYODs improving the impact of IT forensics in business.