BYOD is fast becoming the newest buzzword in the corporate world. If you don’t know (Are you kidding me? How can you not know what BYOD means?) BYOD is an acronym meaning Bring Your Own Device. Sounds simple, even innocuous doesn’t it? BYOD is not simple and can actually lead to some serious issues in a corporate network environment.
To help you get a grasp as to why BYOB has quickly become something of a phenom. Let’s take a look at a few of the goals and purported benefits that has driven BYOB into a fast growing trend.
BYOB can best be understood as a strategy, not a policy. A policy in which people are allowed to use their own devices for work. There are no quite a few organizations who allow people to use additional devices (tablets, laptops, home PCs, smartphones ) as a way to increase productivity and provide flexibility for the employee. There are also a number of companies that have taken the step of eliminating a corporate owned device for each employee and have encouraged their employees to find their own device to use for work. Some corporations provide a stipend is provided to help defray the employee’s costs.
In truth, many people are already bringing their own devices to work, regardless of whether the organization has a BYOD policy in place. To date, many organization have an informal policy in place (if any at all) concerning BYOD.
Ideally, an organization’s practices around BYOD should be detailed in a formal policy.
In the meantime, the lack of a clear, consistent approach to BYOD can lead to a company to risky exposure to security issues and the ever menacing compliance gaps. A BYOB policy will need to encompass both “use guidelines” and technology itself.
Before we dive into policy and tech, I want to share with you four simple benefits to consider as you ponder your organization’s future BYOB policies. Ask yourself “Do we want these benefits?” And “Is there any other way to achieve these benefits?”
- A Cohesive IT Structure – employing a single overarching solution to secure data, applications and devices.
- Reduce costs and simplify management
- Empower Employees – to choose their own devices to improve teamwork, productivity, flexibility and mobility.
- Data Protection
If any of these benefits appeal to your organization in connection to the use of employee owned devices, keep checking in with our blog posts or better yet give us a call and let’s see how we can serve you.