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BYOD - Bring Your Own Device

What is BYOD?

These days employees expect to use own personal devices e.g. smartphones, tablets, laptops etc at work. If left unmanaged this can pose a security loophole and companies should be concerned.

Bring your own device (BYOD) is an IT policy where employees are allowed or encouraged to use their own personal devices at work. However, there is a security policy in place that clearly outlines the company's position and IT policy to manage these devices and ensure network security is not compromised.

The IT Policy may require the devices to be configured with passwords, limit email to corporate email accounts only, prohibit specific types of applications from being installed or require all data on the device to be encrypted.

The IT Department should carry out periodic IT audits to ensure the devices are in compliance with the company's BYOD security policy.

Benefits of BYOD

Employees are more likely to embrace devices they have chosen rather that what the company has decided to give them, which improves employee satisfaction

People are more comfortable with their own personal device. They are more likely to look after the device and invest more time in knowing how to use them thus making them more productive.

There can be a cost saving, people are more likely to upgrade to the latest hardware and software more frequently at their own cost.

Points to Consider

Some employees will be unwilling to invest their own money. As mobile devices replace company-provided laptops, certain employees will expect the organization to pay for these new devices as well.

Will your IT Department manage to stay on top of the IT Policy, Audits and handle the additional technical support calls?

We would be pleased to assist you implement and manage a BYOD IT policy.

Please call 0800 292 2100 for further information