Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a concept that has been sweeping businesses around the world. This concept involves allowing or making employees bring devices that they own, as opposed to providing them with your company’s devices. There are two reasons explaining why this is beneficial:
- Your costs are cut significantly since you don’t have to maintain and provide devices to the people you hire. It effectively removes some of your company’s liability.
- Your employees get to use a device of their choice, making them more comfortable with what they use.
There are many ways to apply BYOD with minimal effort, such as Cloud PBX systems and Unified Communications, file servers, centralized email hosting, and many other solutions that allow employees to keep in the loop using technologies they already personally own. However, a lot of IT departments don’t have what it takes to keep the implications of BYOD under control. Sometimes, a business might not even have control over the whole concept because employees can simply access information via their own personal devices without using the company-issued technology.
There are many reasons BYOD might just make your business crash and burn:
- If you don’t keep your mobile environment secure (and sometimes even if you do) you will end up with as many security holes as a pound of Swiss cheese. IT professionals themselves are worried about what this might bring, as far as security is concerned.
- Aside from security problems, employees might be distracted easily by bringing a device that has all their personalized apps and games installed.
Want an example? Let’s say an employee uses a device that they own and take home everyday. It doesn’t have a “kill switch” installed that would render the work-specific applications useless in case of any emergency. Would you like to guess what would happen if the employee would somehow lose the device on a bench? How about if the device were intentionally stolen by someone trying to take a peek at what’s going on with your business? The implications could be horrible.
Here’s the problem: There are few ways to protect yourself against the growing BYOD trend, and even fewer ways to fight it. It’s time to adapt and prepare safety protocols necessary to keep your business together during the turbulence of a new evolution in the workplace. We don’t know what’s in store for the future, but for the moment, all we’re sure of is that we must be able to take as much control as we can over any vulnerabilities. In order to make your way through this new trend you must be prepared, be informed and know exactly how to keep your company’s information safe and secure.