An enterprise considering a bring your own device (BYOD) program may initially be put off by the security concerns of monitoring a fleet of mobile devices. There is a host of benefits that outweigh these risks, but it is still critical to put policies in place that protect the device and the data stored there. Here are a few of the benefits of a BYOD policy:
Employees use the device they like. Your employees chose their personal mobile device, so let them use the style they prefer. While it may not be equal to competitive pay, these types of policies do improve employee satisfaction. Nobody wants to be forced to use a device they don’t like.
BYOD programs reduce costs. Not only will the enterprise save costs by not having to purchase hardware every couple years, but the employee will be responsible for updates and maintenance. Since personal users have more agility to quickly execute updates, their mobile devices will be more up-to-date than a corporate-issued device.
BYOD may result in increased productivity and engagement. Employees are no longer limited by location or the hours of the workday when they use their own device for both work and personal tasks.
Likewise, there are multiple risks involved with a BYOD policy:
Potential data loss: The risk of losing sensitive or critical information in your network must be considered.
Application control: Which applications employees use and when and where they use them, in addition to how often they are updated, will need to be addressed.
Paycheck concerns: If an employee that’s paid by the hour is using their own device, how will they be compensated for work time on their phone after hours?
Data recovery: Policies will need to be in place that create a uniform way of storing and wiping data from mobile devices.
There are policies that can be put in place to minimize the exposure created by a BYOD program:
Acceptable use guidelines: Determining what is acceptable use for the team is helpful, as are routine security checks.
Application policies: Employees can’t be told which applications they can use on their personal device, but the enterprise can determine what’s appropriate for use in the workplace.
Departure practices: There needs to be a policy in place for when an employee departs the company and their mobile device needs to be cleared of company data.
Password policies: One of the best defenses against a security breach is also one of the easiest to put in place and enforce: employees should change their passwords often.
If you’re helping clients navigate a BYOD program implementation, get in touch with One Connect for a seamless transition. Contact us for an appointment to discuss the best options for securing data in a BYOD setting.