Bring your own device, known as BYOD, has been around since 2009, when employees began bringing personal devices like smartphones to work. Some companies tried to prevent the trend but quickly realized they had to adapt because it wasn’t going anywhere. BYOD offers convenience to companies since they don’t have to invest so much money in buying digital equipment for employees, and those employees get to use devices they already know and feel comfortable with.
But BYOD has some downsides, and not many companies are aware of the risks that go along with BYOD. Even the companies that are aware of the risks don’t always put practices in place that effectively mitigate those risks. For one thing, management and IT departments may create rules governing BYOD, but how do they get employees to comply with those rules? For another, BYOD is a security risk. The smartphones and tablets employees use at work may not have very good security (or any at all). When your employees are accessing company clouds and sensitive information, security is a must-have.
Consider creating a handbook for employees to make their phones appropriate for work use. Make sure you teach them how to set up voicemail for a business phone, so any clients who contact them on their personal device will find them professional. Include security information, like good malware protection for tablets and smartphones. Also include information on whether your company will access their sensitive data. Scroll down for more information on how to manage and overcome BYOD risks in the below infographic.