Considering a Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) Policy?

As more and more employees and companies use mobile devices for work, more organizations are facing the question of whether to use company-supplied devices or implement a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy. For those considering how to implement a BYOD policy, a recent article written by Daniel Hein offers a great explanation of the 6 BYOD assumptions and myths that surround the concept of BYOD. Here’s a brief excerpt:

1. You can use any device for a BYOD policy

Every mobile device is fundamentally different in multiple ways, and not everyone will be suited for business purposes. If you have mobile-based solutions, such as applications, that you rely on for daily business tasks and workflows, you need to ensure that a device is compatible with those solutions.

2. Employees don’t want BYOD because of privacy concerns

Worker privacy is always a concern surrounding BYOD, but generally, employees believe the benefits of BYOD outweigh them. The fear over privacy comes from the need to install company-mandated security applications, which many believe allows their enterprise to spy on their phones. However, these apps are purely installed so that companies can communicate with the mobility management platform; they do not allow the company to examine files and messages stored on a device.

3. Employees just bring in devices and use them immediately

In order for a mobile device to qualify for a BYOD policy, your enterprise needs to perform a full test on it first. This test should ensure that the device complies with your company’s regulations regarding hardware. It should also check the mobile device for any security faults and to ensure that the operating system is updated.

4. Without a BYOD policy, employees won’t use their own devices

Even without an established BYOD policy, your employees might still use their personal mobile devices to accomplish business tasks. Implementing BYOD policies is chiefly to maintain information security as more workers begin to bring their personal devices into the workforce.

5. BYOD will distract employees

Enacting a BYOD policy will not distract your employees from work – as long as they use their devices responsibly. BYOD is not an excuse for workers to not focus on their job. It’s meant to help them feel more comfortable with mobility solutions and use a device that they’re familiar with.

6. BYOD policies are a security hazard

They can be if you don’t properly account for mobile security. When you integrate a mobile device as part of a BYOD policy, you need to ensure that the employee complies with your standards for mobile security. This can include not connecting to open WiFi networks and installing a security mobile app onto the device. Also, these security policies need to be observed even while the personal device is outside the office.

You can read the whole article here.

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