Understanding the risks and benefits of Bring Your Own Device BYOD

Bring Your Own Device BYOD

Bring your own device  (BYOD) has become popular with many business owners. It means employees using personal equipment for work. This equipment is usually a smartphone, tablet or a laptop. There are pros and cons for the employer.

Advantages

Employers don’t have to buy equipment for staff which is usually the most important deciding factor.

Employees are using a device they are familiar with and like to use.

The employee is more likely to work in their own time, especially when travelling

Users are likely to be more available when on holiday and in other non-work time.

Disadvantages and Considerations

How does management know staff are working and not on their personal applications?

How does management ensure the employee has proper security in place, like anti-virus. Assuming that they do have anti-virus, it is unlikely to be the corporate product and might be a free product which is unlikely to give the best protection. The device won’t be monitored by company systems, and the employee will be responsible for renewing the product. If they don’t, corporate systems become vulnerable.

Laptops might have home editions of Windows or the wrong versions of applications or not have them at all.

When the employee leaves, how does the employer ensure they don,t take essential business data with them. It’s not fair to remote wipe a users device when they go as it will have personal data including pictures email etc. They might have backups anyway.

Do you want an employee using a phone number you don’t own? In a sales or service focused job when they change jobs your customers will still be calling them, possibly resulting in them poaching your customer for their new employer or themselves if they start their own business.

The device is more likely to be stolen as it is with them most of the time.

The business will be responsible for complying with GDPR on a device they don’t control

Who repairs or replaces the unit if it is broken, lost or stolen on work business and how does the employee work without the device?

The employer must put details of Bring Your Own Device in employment contracts?

Security professionals sometimes refer to BYOD as Bring your own disaster

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