Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) refers to employees who bring their own computing devices to the workplace and connect to the corporate network. It today’s digital landscape, the consumerization of IT has changed the way businesses operate. As a result, the concept of BYOD has become more popular. This growth is fueled by the introduction of highly developed devices such as smartphones, iPads and tablets. What’s more is, employees today expect to be able to use personal devices at work, which presents a security concern for many IT teams. However, if handled correctly, BYOD can be extremely advantageous to business.
Challenges of BYOD
The biggest drawback of BYOD in the workplace is the security challenges it presents. By providing employees access to their emails, business documentation and other sensitive data, the company risks data breaches, privacy violations and other security risks. Moreover, approximately half of users do not put password protection on their devices. Another problem is that it becomes very difficult for employers to manage and regulate these devices, as opposed to company property. Lastly, personal devices can be more easily lost or stolen than company equipment.
Benefits of BYOD
While the challenges may seem daunting, there are companies out there who embrace BYOD in the workplace. One benefit of BYOD is that the costs associated with the device often shift to the employee. For example, the cost of the device, the data or voice services and hardware expenses becomes the employee’s responsibility. For a small business, this can be a huge advantage over competitors. The second benefit of BYOD is employee satisfaction. By allowing your employees to use devices that they prefer, you are creating a happier and more productive work environment.
Solutions For Your Business
We understand that BYOD is not for everyone. For this reason, we’ve provided some solutions that might work better for your business. First, allow employees to choose their own device from an approved list. This will allow your employees to use their favorite devices, while still maintaining control in the workplace. Secondly, you could try BYOD with limited access. Many companies use a separate wireless network in the office. This will allow employees to use their own devices without threatening the data of the rest of the workplace.
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Dan is the Chief Information Technology Architect at Kincaid Network Solutions. Connect with him on Google+.