The 5 W's of BYOD Policy

Published on July 22, 2014

Pew Research reports that about half of working adults use their personal devices for work-related reasons away from the office. Even within the walls of the company, employees are increasingly conducting work using their own devices.

Learn the absolute basics of BYOD policy and why your business needs to develop one.

Who needs a BYOD Policy?

Businesses of all sizes, small to enterprise level, should have an established BYOD policy that applies to all employees in the organization.

What is BYOD policy?

BYOD, or bring-your-own-device, is a policy where employees use their personal device to work, including notebook PC’s, laptops, and Smartphones. BYOD policies can facilitate employee satisfaction, productivity, and a lower total cost of ownership. However, if unregulated, BYOD practices can jeopardize a company’s sensitive information. A business must create a BYOD policy that gives employees the freedom to work while keeping their information and assets secure.

Where should business keep its BYOD policy?

Like other forms of compliance, the company BYOD policy should be easily accessible through the company intranet, the employee handbook, or a printed notice near employee workstations. BYOD policy is often a part of a company’s overall Accessible Use Policy, which outlines how the business’s technical resources can be used by its employees.

Why should a company have a BYOD policy?

The risks of not having a proper BYOD policy could expose a business to:

  • Conflicts in device ownership and costs
  • Data breaches or loss due to lost devices
  • Lack of IT support
  • Privacy and security issues
  • Regulatory infringement and fines

When should a BYOD plan be implemented?

There has never been a better time than now to develop and launch your business’s BYOD policy. A combination of governance and technical solutions can make mobile device management easier for your employees and more secure for your business.

Contact Centre Technologies today to learn how to develop a BYOD policy that merges productivity with protection.

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