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BYOD is a new trend in business, and the acronym stands for bring your own device. Many companies are employing programs that use this concept, where employees can bring their personal devices to work. While smartphones are the primary option for most employees, they can also bring in their laptops, USB drives, and tablets.
At Comodo, we encourage companies to consider bring-your-own-device programs because they offer many benefits to employees and businesses, which can include:
Bring-your-own-device options are part of a bigger trend, where consumer hardware and software are brought into the workplace. Other acronyms that are similar can include BYOT (bring your own technology), BYOC (bring your own computer), BYOA (bring your own apps), and BYOPC (bring your own PC).
In some cases, the business has company-owned devices other than traditional desktop computers but allow employees to bring their personal devices. Other times, employees must bring in a personal device because companies don't have any hardware options.
Employees are usually more satisfied with a bring-your-own-device program because they have more flexibility while working. It can help companies save money because they aren't spending so much on hardware, maintenance and software licenses and employees are more comfortable and happier, so they work faster.
When asking yourself what BYOD is, you also have to ask about the issues associated with it. The main inconvenience is security risk because employees can bring in personal items with personal information. They will be using the company server and have access to company information, creating a possibility of theft. Therefore, policies should be in place, and you may want to consider an MDM (mobile device management) solution to help.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.