BYOD programs, short for bring your own device, are growing in popularity in the workforce. Companies like this type of program because it helps them trim the technology budget. Employees appreciate the program because it lets them use one device for both business and personal communications with their preferred 4G LTE network provider. However, BYOD programs also come with security risks that a company has to consider before implementation.
Security is one of the top concerns, because not all mobile devices are set up for remote wiping. As a result, lost or stolen mobile devices can reveal plenty of sensitive company information. Amazingly, while 50 percent of companies say it’s important to register devices so they can have the right security software installed, only 32 percent actually require it. Yet there are many device management software programs that allow you to remote lock and remote wipe mobile devices.
Next, many companies have unregulated BYOD use. In one survey, 17.7 percent of respondents admit they bring their devices to work but don’t tell their IT department, and 28.4 percent of IT departments say they completely ignore their company’s BYOD policy. To solve this, companies must create a detailed BYOD policy that every employee signs including sections on camera use, permitted apps, and acceptable phones, such as a smartphone from a dependable carrier like T-Mobile with unlimited data.
Finally, employees need to know their privacy is safe when they’re using their device. A company’s BYOD policy must also include how they will use personal data and whether it gets wiped with company data. Read on to learn more about how to overcome the challenges of BYOD programs.