BYOD: The Pros & Cons & Tips to Regulate

BYOD is a growing trend. Now CIO's are having to implement polices to regulate usage and security. 

With smart devices in the hands of millions, companies are faced with new hurdles with security and compliance as employees conduct business from their own phones, tablets, and computers.

There are reasons to both support and negate BYOD, so we wanted to share with you the benefits, the cons, and other things to consider with BYOD because trend is only continuing to grow.  

What are the benefits?

Employees chose the devices with which they're comfortable or prefer. Because employees can use their own devices, they can use them to the best of their abilities. Instead of having to learn a new device or a new operating system, employees know the functionality of their own devices

Eliminates some hardware costs. If employees are bringing their own devices, then that alleviates some of the hardware costs associated with business. However, BYOD will not completely alleviate hardware costs.

Can increase response rates and productivity. When devices are used for both business and personal uses, response is greater. People may also be able to conduct some work from home (even though this can be done with a company-issued device as well.) On the flip side, companies must be cautious with BYOD because allowing personal devices can be a distraction with game play, internet usage and social engagement.

What are the cons?

Security and regulatory compliance risks. With BYOD you must consider the possibility of theft and employees accessing inappropriate content on their own time. Both can pose great security problems.If sensitive company information is leaked or compromised, loss of data can be followed by loss of trust and further business.

Incompatibility. With so many devices, software and hardware compatibility is an issue with BYOD.

There are hidden costs to BYOD. Initially companies may save money through hardware. However, companies generally end up paying for usage and data. You can read more about hidden costs in the article.

If you do not have a BYOD policy in place- you should consider creating one. Here are some things think about when creating a policy:

Determine what devices are allowed

Create a security Policy- implement passwords

Decide what apps will be banned and allowed

Consider the usage for all devices

Consider productivity problems- limiting or restricting games and texting on company time may be an option

Create an exit plan if an employee is terminated.

There are strong arguments for BYOD on either side of the spectrum. However, allowing users to bring their own devices may not be a fit for all companies. Evaluate the costs and benefits as they pertain to your company. 









Posted on June 21, 2013 and filed under Computer Security, Communications.