Challenges of BYOD
Many employers, big and small, are adopting BYOD practices at work. These practices add convenience for employees and save on technology costs for employers. One big issue surrounding BYOD is a lack of solid policies that keep employer data private. A big concern for employees is privacy: If the device goes to work with you, do your personal files stay private? While a good set of BYOD rules at work will answer these questions and protect against security issues, businesses often don’t realize how in-depth these policies have to be.
Before allowing an employee to bring a device and start using it, employers need to have IT check out the device. Further, a list of permitted devices and apps is necessary. Some companies ban certain apps, while others require employees to set up security measures on their phones. For example, to protect an Android phone on the T-Mobile network, anti-malware apps like 360 Security offer scans and other features to keep malicious software from hacking Android models. If the employee’s phone lacks the right security, have IT give them recommendations to bring their phone up to compliance.
Employees also worry about their personal data. Will the company have access to it? Can they back up data in personal cloud services? Instead of waiting for something to go wrong, set down regulations now and have employees sign them. That way, employees know what they’re agreeing to. This transparency is necessary in case a device is lost or stolen and you want to wipe it remotely. For more information on creating a good BYOD policy, scroll down to check out T-Mobile’s infographic on the subject.
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