Alabama-based First United Security Bank (FUSB) has partnered with Zix, a Texas-based email data protection provider, to offer Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) security solution, allowing its employees to use personal mobile devices at work.

Instead of allowing corporate data to settle on the device, FUSB will stream corporate email through ZixOne, developed by Zix, which will enhance employee productivity, reduce liability risk and will protect corporate data without affecting employee privacy.

FUSB senior vice president and chief information officer, Phillip Wheat, said in evaluating BYOD security solutions, they determined that having access to employees’ personal information and the capability to wipe their data added unnecessary layers of complexity and exposed them to legal concerns.

"ZixOne delivers a unique approach that provides excellent BYOD security with a pleasant user experience – all from an existing relationship that we trust," Wheat added.

In case of mobile device theft or loss, the corporate email access can be disabled through ZixOne, claims the company.

Zix chairman and CEO, Rick Spurr, said there is a business demand to enable productivity and take advantage of the efficiencies that result from employees using their own personal mobile devices for work, but at the same time, there is a requirement to find a BYOD solution that does so securely and conveniently.

"Although our approach and the technology behind it are revolutionary, ZixOne isn’t complicated for our customers and their employees. We allow businesses like First United Security Bank to execute their BYOD strategies simply and with the highest standards for security, convenience and employee privacy," Spurr added.