It’s the policy that controls the use of personal devices within the company for work purposes.
For example, using your own smartphone to manage your business email. Personal devices could also include your personal laptop, USB or tablet
- Let’s assume that you are joining a new company and they are asking you whether you prefer to work on your own device or to provide you with the company’s device.
Which option will be your choice?
Some of you may choose the company’s device for some other reasons, but let’s agree that’s it is comfier and more familiar to work on your own device
which could lead to increased productivity and save a lot of time that you could lose while getting used to the new device.
And from another side, this could eliminate some of the responsibilities for the IT team and the time consumed to maintain and manage devices thus leading to a better concentration on more important tasks and increase the productivity
-Applying BYOD policy increase the flexibility to access the company’s data anytime and from anywhere
-BYOD policy could help to save a part of your company’s budget since you will not need to buy and maintain devices for each employee
- If you decided to apply the BYOD policy for your company, you should take into consideration how you are going to secure your data on the personal devices used by your employees, so the security is a key point that should be studied and implemented very well to apply BYOD successfully without risk
-One of the challenging points is how to control your company’s data
without controlling the personal data for the employee.
To keep your employees privacy, the company’s data should be separated from personal data.
-BYOD policies and strategies should be clearly understood by each individual using his/her own device for work purposes, it should be written in a precise and understandable way to not risk any misunderstood.
You should take into consideration the following points:
-Prepare your BYOD policy document and make sure it includes all the points needed to secure your data completely from the side of the employee
-Choose carefully and wisely the software you will be using to secure the data
-Make sure that you have a strong infrastructure to support the traffic that will be increased by the use of multiple personal devices
-You could think about applying a Hybrid BYOD program, where you can allow some individuals to work on their personal devices while other employees will work on devices provided by the company. Probably the employees using sensitive data will be the ones to use the company’s devices
If you analyze carefully these points, take into consideration all the advantages and disadvantages of the BYOD policy and how it could be implemented for your company
you will be guaranteed a non-risky BYOD policy and you will get the benefits that meant to be by applying it.