Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, workplaces are becoming more common as businesses look to reduce their technology budget and please employees who feel happiest using their own gadgets. Despite the many advantages, BYOD models also present issues that modern businesses must overcome. These challenges include difficulties in wiping the devices in case of a security breach, a lack of regulation, and privacy concerns about personal data stored on devices used for business purposes.
Implementing a formal BYOD policy is one of the best ways to address many of the challenges that businesses face when employees use their own devices at work. These policies inform employees of expected standards of technology use within their organization. They also make clear what employers can and can’t do with their workers’ devices. Employees should sign and date their company’s BYOD policy to show compliance. Organizations may include a number of common clauses on their own BYOD policy.
For example, they may insist that staff members use only specific smartphone models or devices that have a common operating system. This measure ensures compatibility with common mobile device management software programs. Many employers also insist that employees disable their cameras while at work. Most contemporary phones, including those available through T-Mobile, have high-resolution cameras. Using the network’s fast 4G data, workers could transmit images or videos that inadvertently compromise corporate security without this measure. Learn more about the rise of BYOD in the workplace and the challenges this tech model presents for modern businesses in the infographic below.