Bring Your Own Device Frees Up Company Time and Expense
Remember the days of being issued a Blackberry or PDA at work? The company IT guy certainly does. Setup, configuration, training, support, troubleshooting, dealing with lost or stolen devices, and many other issues kept the tech department very busy. And if an employee left the company on unfavorable terms and took the device with them? Bad times, indeed.
Thankfully, more businesses around the world are switching to the BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, method. The premise behind this strategy is that employees get to use their own mobile devices for both personal and work-related activities. Users are given an allowance instead of the company expensing new phones, tablets, or laptops. There are practices in place to allow employees to connect their devices to the company network safely. However, most support and troubleshooting of the device itself are handled by the manufacturer or reseller, not the company.
Allowing employees to use their own products frees up money and labor for the organization, and it saves workers the stress of learning how to use something new. But with this freedom comes an absolute need for structure. A BYOD policy lists rules enforced by the IT department that keep devices safe to use. Restrictions on specific apps, password policies, email management, biometric settings, data encryption, update schedules, and more must be set to avoid malicious activity exposure.
Perhaps one of the most essential parts of a BYOD policy includes instructions for when an employee leaves the company. All company-related data and access must be removed from the device to ensure private information isn't shared outside of the organization. Establishing a BYOD policy will streamline issues as they arise in the future.