Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) describes the recent trend of employees bringing personally-owned mobile devices to their place of work, and using those devices to access privileged company resources such as email, file servers, and databases.
It’s a hot topic these days, with both small and large companies examining the pros and cons of letting workers use personal devices at the office.
BYOD definitely has its advantages. Businesses do not have to worry about lost/stolen/broken hardware device replacement fees, managing monthly billing, including notorious overage charges, or device upgrade fees. It frees up extra cash for the business, which can be used for other growth strategies. Also, interestingly, most employees are willing to pay for their own service fees if it means they get to choose the device and carrier they want. Generally, businesses who adopt this policy find that users purchase the latest technology, which provides a competitive advantage in speed, functionality and connectivity.
On the other hand, there are issues related to BYOD that should be addressed before the topic is ever brought up within an organization. BYOD adoption disassociates the IT department with what happens to a user’s device. More importantly, the business becomes less able to control what hardware joins its network. As a result, some hardware/software configurations may generate security concerns that can cost more in the long-run.
BYOD policies must outline, in detail, what is and is not acceptable in an office environment. An accepted use policy should be drafted, presented and signed by the staff before foreign devices start joining the network.
Perhaps the combination of secure management and protection of personal devices is all your organization needs to ensure BYOD safety. Or maybe not.
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