How the BYOD Trend Affects Your Office
BYOD, or bring your own device, is becoming the standard for many offices across the United States. Simply put, it means employees using their own computers, cell phones, tablets, etc. at work. Many are calling this trend the “consumerization of IT” because it allows workers to use devices that fit their own needs rather than those of the IT department. It can make employees more productive since they’re more familiar with their own technology. But the trend raises many questions for employers:
• Mobile security is a big issue. Your data is only as safe as the least secure employee’s device. You need to ensure that employees download mobile malware and antivirus software to protect their devices and the company’s information.
• All of the mobile devices that employees bring in will need to use wi-fi. Companies may want to look into upgrading their wireless infrastructure to a commercial grade that will handle all of the additional users.
• The turnover cycle of devices increases because many employees will upgrade their phones every 2 years. This requires more security checks of the new devices and additional IT support.
• Think about creating policies that specify what the company will handle and what the individual employee is in charge of on their device. Will the employee be responsible for updating to the latest version of software or is that the company’s responsibility? What kinds of data can be accessed from mobile devices vs. on secured desktop computers?
While there are a lot of things to think about when deciding to implement a BYOD policy at your company, Dell estimates that it can add up to 460 productivity hours per employee annually. Would your company consider joining the BYOD trend?