What is the Bring Your Own Device Trend?
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is the newest tech trend that has advantages for businesses as well as employees. Employers save on hardware costs, while employees are able to carry fewer devices and use the device of their choosing. This may sound like a win-win, but there are risks to mitigate if your business is planning on embracing this trend. A BYOD policy must define access, usage, and ownership of information as well as address the risks of data or device theft.
Security and Access
The first aspect to consider is secure access to the information. There are a few ways to accomplish this depending upon your specific business security needs. Simple passwords may not be enough and can lead to employees using unsecure methods to remember their passwords. This can be avoided by implementing authentication methods, utilizing secure remote access, and single sign on tools depending upon the design of your infrastructure.
Data Ownership and Hardware Protection
Employees will create data for your business on their device. There are two points of risk here that must be examined; data protection and ownership. To protect employee produced information, it must be backed-up regularly. Back-up for BYOD can be completed through policy rules or applications installed on the device. Data ownership should be defined before it is necessary. You want to be sure that any of your business information on an employee’s device is clearly defined as yours business property. This will allow you to wipe your data from their device if necessary.
The largest risk with this type of mobility is loss or theft of the device. A BYOD will be used by your employee at any time and location, increasing the possibility of loss or theft. There must be a failsafe in place to wipe the device if it is lost or stolen.
As your technology infrastructure becomes more complex, it is increasingly important to incorporate preventative measures. In this case, it means monitoring your network and its access points to protect and maintain the integrity of your network.
Benefits of BYOD
BYOD is a trend that is not going away anytime soon. It increases the productivity and mobility of your employees and your business. Each business is different, so embracing this new trend must be evaluated individually. If your business determines it may benefit by implementing BYOD, policies must be in place to ensure proper use and protection of your information.
Please contact us for a 30 min complimentary review of your BYOD policy. We can recommend and implement methods to embrace and maximize the usefulness of this trend.