For the past several years, it has become more common for companies to provide their employees with mobile devices, such as smartphones and laptops. It makes sense, given the sheer amount of work people do on their phones, tablets, and computers. However, carrying around more than one phone or laptop is inconvenient for employees, and buying all that tech is expensive for employers. The natural compromise is a BYOD policy. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) allows the staff to use their mobile phones and tablets for work. It cuts costs for the company and makes employees happy, but the implementation isn’t simple.
The company has to protect itself and its data when it allows staff to use their own devices. That means looking into mobile security management options before broaching the topic. The IT department requires the ability to remotely wipe devices of specific data, execute enterprise wipes, remotely lock the devices, and authenticate them. The techs also need to regulate employee devices, and the employees must agree to that. Work out policies and privacy contracts before rolling out the BYOD plan. It’s critical that everyone feels secure.
One way to ensure transparency is to exchange details. For example, ask the staff to share information about their mobile devices, such as whether they use an Android phone and what model they use. In return, be honest about company policy involving data wipes, if and when anyone will see their personal information, and how much notice they will receive before the removal of data.
Trust and honesty are the best BYOD policies. The rewards are worthwhile, particularly with regards to happier, more productive employees. To learn more about creating a BYOD office, check out the infographic below.