Want to cut costs and increase employee productivity? Jump on the BYOD bandwagon.
If you’re new to this growing trend, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is when a business allows employees to use personal devices at work. These devices might include smartphones, tablets, laptops or devices authorized by the company and supported alongside other business-owned devices.
According to Gartner analyst David Willis, over 60% of employees globally say they’ve used a personal device at work, and Gartner predicts that nearly 40% of companies will go completely BYOD by 2016. With the rising trend of BYOD, it’s becoming the rule, rather than the exception in today’s workplace.
While BYOD is a great convenience to your employees, you need to consider how it will affect your network security before fully adopting it into your workplace. Whether you’re fully on board the BYOD trend or you’re still on the fence, here are the biggest risks and rewards you need to consider.
Opening the floodgates, throwing caution to the wind and allowing employees to bring in any device is obviously not a good idea. If you do adopt BYOD in your Milwaukee area workplace, you’ll want to invest in a Mobile Device Management (MDM) Solution to help you eliminate security risks and maintain control over your company data.
When an employee leaves the company and takes his device with him/her, this presents the risk of a security breach.
MDM Solution: A Mobile Device Management solution ensures an employee does not still have access to important company data, once they leave the company. An MDM solution can automatically disable the employee’s account, which deactivates his access to the network along with any secure data.
Naturally, mobile devices encourage use of the device in public places. This poses the risk of sensitive company data ending up in the wrong hands.
MDM Solution: A Mobile Device Management Solution provides passcode and encryption enforcement, in addition to the ability to remotely locate, lock and wipe out sensitive company data from lost or stolen devices.
In addition to defining how employees should use their mobile devices, it’s important everyone is on the same page in terms of data ownership. For example, if you intend to protect intellectual property, it’s not good policy to store corporate data alongside pictures of family reunions. Your BYOD policy should clearly define how company data is isolated on the device, along with what data is monitored on a regular basis.
MDM Solution: With any Mobile Device Management solution, Ontech Systems can also provide assistance in defining your company’s BYOD policy. There’s a fine line between maintaining employee satisfaction while securing control over sensitive data. If you don’t have a mobile device policy in place, without question, your network is at risk.
You can download a printable MDM fact sheet here that gives you a quick overview of our mobile device management service so you can see if it’s a good fit for your business.
If you need help defining a formal policy for managing mobile devices within your Milwaukee area organization, call us today at (262) 522-8560 or contact us online for immediate answers to any questions you have about our mobile device management services.