Businesses today are embracing personal device use in the workplace in a big way. The “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) model is a steadily growing trend that businesses are embracing as they discover that allowing employees to utilize their personal devices can result in increased productivity and cost reduction for the business. In their excitement to adopt the BYOD model, companies sometimes overlook the need for a BYOD policy that will protect the company and its digital assets.
So, where should you start?
The first step is to define the requirements for personal devices. Focus on quality, compatibility, and security.
Next, mandate the specific applications that each user will install on their personal devices. The easiest way for small and medium businesses to manage remote devices is with a Mobile Device Management (MDM) application, which can provide and manage all of your policies, reduce your security risk, and protect your company’s critical data. There are many MDMs on the market today. Your local technology partner can work with you to determine the best option for your company.
Finally, you should document your BYOD policy and obtain an agreement from each user who decides to participate in the BYOD program.
Consider the reality of a BYOD program without defined security and compatibility requirements and a documented BYOD policy in place. Employees could download sensitive or proprietary information to their personal devices and the company would have no way of knowing. There is no way to guarantee that the employee is taking appropriate security measures with their device, and there is no way for the company to track the device or remotely wipe the data if the device is lost or stolen. Your business is completely at the mercy of the employee.
To learn more, click below to download JCMR Technology’s sample BYOD Policy:
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