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Bring Your Own Device BYOD is very popular but understand the risks.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 laptop. There are pros and cons for the employer.

Advantages of Bring Your Own Device

  • Employers don’t have to buy equipment for staff which is usually the most significant 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 for BYOD

  • How does management know if staff are working or on personal applications?
  • The business does not get to choose which device the user has, and it might not be compatible with some business applications.
  • How does management ensure the employee has proper security in place, like anti-virus. Assuming that they have anti-virus, it is unlikely to be the corporate product and might be a free product that is unlikely to give the best protection. Company systems won’t monitor the employee’s device. The employee will be responsible for renewing the product, and 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? When they change jobs in a sales or service-focused job, 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.
  • A personal device is more likely to be lost or stolen as it is in constant use.
  • The business will be responsible for complying with GDPR on a device they don’t control
  • Who repairs or replaces devices broken, lost or stolen devices during business use, 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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