What is a Bring Your Own Device policy?
A bring your own device (BYOD) policy is when an organization decides to allow employees to use personal mobile devices for work-related activities. These policies may allow employees to use remote tools on personal mobile phones and sometimes requires employers to provide their own laptop or computer.
What are the advantages of BYOD?
- Increased productivity from employees as they are already familiar with their gadgets and hence no time is lost learning a new system.
- Employees can work anywhere and at any time.
- Flexible and forward-thinking organization.
- Eliminates the need to carry separate mobile devices for work and personal use.
- Reduces the cost and time the organisation has to spend keeping technology up to date.
What are the disadvantages of BYOD?
- Loss of personal devices can lead to data leaks or breaches.
- Difficult to maintain data security across different brands, types and specifications of devices.
- Prone to malware and digital viruses.
- The possibility of family members accessing unauthorized information.
- This can lead to communication issues.
- Non-compliance penalties due to insecure information.