February 13, 2015 Accordant

DO YOU HAVE A BYOD POLICY?

Offices employing a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) approach are on the rise. Companies can cut down on the cost of providing laptops and mobile devices by just making the personal devices of employees work-friendly, allowing access to company networks and information remotely. Employees gain greater flexibility with how and where they work. Here are a few benefits and concerns regarding BYOD policies.
BYOD PROS
Saving Money on Devices and Hardware
Employees may prefer to use their personal devices for familiarity and ease of use. A pro for companies is the cost savings that come with not purchasing numerous devices and other equipment like laptops and tablets. Your more tech-savvy workers who frequently purchase the latest smartphone and tablet technologies won’t feel like they’re held back by office distributed devices they might consider out-of-date.
Flexibility
The most obvious benefit a BYOD approach is increased flexibility, for both employee and employer. When employees can perform company tasks remotely, their overall productivity can improve. This flexibility also tends to yield greater job satisfaction (and better work/life balance), as workers feel less tied to their desks.

BYOD CONCERNS (When You Need Professional IT Services)

Security
Offices have sensitive information that requires protection, such as financial information, HR records, confidential legal documents, and client lists. An employee working remotely might compromise this data by carelessly using an unsecured network or participating in file sharing networks. A professional IT Service Provider can help keep your data safe.
Device Loss
When an employee loses a device containing company information (which could be sensitive), this poses a security risk for the company — particularly if the device is stolen). It is important that all devices, company or employee owned, that house your companies information, must be kept safe. This is entirely possible by adding such security measures with fingerprint access and regularly updated passcodes.
Employee Privacy Issues
Companies want to monitor data on devices so that security issues do not arise. Employees want to use their own devices without feeling like they’re being monitored. They may not trust employers with access to their personal data and correspondences (pictures, texts, etc), worrying that personal information will be used against them.
Get your Legal Ducks in a Row
If you do go with a BYOD approach at the office, just make sure you have a sound BYOD policy. Ensure that your employees are well-informed about privacy issues and the security of company information. Be sure and review the latest in legal issues surrounding BYOD, security and privacy.