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Go for a Good: Effective BYOD Policy

October 3, 2016 | By admin

Discussing BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is of much relevance today, especially when we see companies all the world over adopting it enthusiastically. The advantages of having BYOD as part of the work culture has made most entrepreneurs go for it. Many entrepreneurs now support it despite the fact that BYOD comes with lots of security issues. Well, the security issues can be solved by planning the BYOD policy with care and by adhering to security practices.

Bring Your Own Device Policy

It was earlier security with third party services that caused most of the concerns revolving around the Bring Your Own Device trend. We are now able to manage most of that, but today an entrepreneur might find it a bit difficult to govern the BYOD policy of his company internally. Internal security is of prime concern today, as regards BYOD. Just imagine what would happen if an employee is rather callous as regards doing regular updates on his smartphone, which he uses to connect to the organizational network. Wouldn’t that affect the over-all security of corporate and business data and consequently take its toll on the business itself?

Despite the fact that such internal security threats loom large upon businesses that accept the trend with all zest, BYOD is now a hot favorite for most companies, including those in regulated industries like banking concerns and government agencies. The reasons? Let’s take a look at the reasons that make BYOD so popular.

Why BYOD?

There are lots of things that go in favor of having BYOD as part of the organizational set-up for any business. The notable ones are-

  • BYOD enables companies to get their employees involved in work in a better way. The employees can connect from anywhere and would be part of work-related developments even when they are at home or sometimes even during family vacations.
  • BYOD allows employees the flexibility and familiarity that they get while using their own devices for work. As such they don’t have to learn new OSs or go for unfamiliar apps. This directly enhances productivity for any company.
  • BYOD helps companies in cost-cutting. It’s most advantageous for small companies and startups because they can save on investing in operational expenditure and expenditure related to the installation of hardware.
  • Surveys today suggest that employees feel more confident and comfortable when they are using their own devices and that would help them sort out issues very easily.
  • BYOD could help employees achieve a better work life/personal life balance and thus stay more satisfied with their lives.
  • BYOD is supposed to result in better business growth and improved customer service.

How to plan a good BYOD policy?
Of course there are pluses…the benefits that BYOD bestows on us. But, as discussed earlier, there are the negatives too, mostly pertaining to security risks that arise when IT departments find it difficult to secure or monitor personal devices. This can be solved by having a well-planned BYOD policy in place. For this certain things need to be ensured. Let’s examine some of them:

  • If it’s company-issued notebooks and smartphones that employees use for connecting to work, make sure that the hardware is totally supported by IT and that the device is under full control of the IT department.
  • If the employees are using personal devices to connect to work, make sure that the devices are securely connected to the company network.
  • Have precisely drafted contracts with employees, laying out terms and conditions as regards using their own device and as regards wiping data from the device if needed.
  • Instead of restricting access to social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter or blocking channels like YouTube, it would be advisable to focus more on getting employees motivated to perform better. Restrictions can sometimes cause discontent.
  • Educate employees about security issues pertaining to BYOD and train them to be on the guard.
  • Educate employees on the realities of BYOD, train them to use devices responsibly and create an atmosphere of trust.

By implementing a proper, healthy BYOD policy, businesses can manage to make the most of BYOD and at the same time find a balance between keeping employees happy and minimizing security concerns.

Frame Effective BYOD Policy

 

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