4Corner_bring-your-own-deviceBYOD Policies, or Bring Your Own Device programs are becoming more popular across a

multitude of industries and businesses, including healthcare and SMBs. A study

by Osterman Research reports that 82% of organizations use personal devices to

access corporate email, databases and other applications.. Sure, this type of program

has its benefits – such as reduced costs for employers who no longer need to buy the

latest devices, there’s no training time required, and productivity could increase as

a result of each user being more comfortable with their personal device. It’s easy

to see why BYOD options are becoming more commonplace, but before you launch

your own program, consider the downfalls as well.

1. Time management

When it comes to staff bringing their own device to work, the lines between

business and personal use sometimes seem to blur. Are users doing business-
related work, or spending time on games, videos, emails, or social media?

2. Increased cost with service providers

Some employees may see a BYOD program as an opportunity to upgrade to

a more expensive data plan, or make international calls without footing the

bill.

3. Data security

Personal devices sometimes skirt the inbound filters that are normally set

on corporate devices and are therefore more susceptible to malware. These

devices can also be more prone to hackers or a virus, putting not only the

device at risk, but company data as well.

4. Legal compliance

BYODs that bypass outbound filters are at a higher risk of violating data

privacy laws and regulatory requirements.

5. Lost/stolen devices

If not immediately reported, the device may not have a full remote wipe

completed before data is breached. To make matters worse, even when

reported promptly, the data published by Osterman Research shows that

roughly 1 in 4 personal smartphones could be remotely wiped.

Stay tuned for Part II on BYODs, where we’ll talk about ways to ensure safe and

effective BYOD programs! If you would like more information about IT support,

contact us.