In the new normal, switching between working in the office and remotely from home is common. This makes it important for businesses to make the transition between working from home and the office a seamless experience.
As such, it’s crucial to devise a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy that allows you to do that safely. By implementing a solution that ensures privacy, security, and regulatory compliance, your organisation is well-placed to reap the benefits of BYOD while mitigating risk.
What is BYOD?
A BYOD policy allows employees to bring their own personal devices to work. This approach enables staff to access enterprise infrastructure with sensitive company or client information on their own devices to complete their work from home or at the office.
This approach eliminates the frustration one might have trying to juggle multiple devices (including one issued by the company) to work on a project. In this scenario, the most pressing concern is the level of security deployed on personal devices. Most often, they fall short when compared to enterprise-issued desktops, laptops, and mobile devices.
However, with a BYOD policy and robust business IT support, employers can maintain privacy and compliance while making it easier for their staff to work in multiple settings.
What Are the Advantages of Adopting a BYOD Policy?
Boost productivity: In a highly digitised world, employees (especially millennials) prefer to work at any time from anywhere. Most often, they’ll have their own devices and not company-issued hardware. This approach helps boost morale and, in turn, productivity.
Builds loyalty: Having the convenience of working from just about anywhere helps build loyalty. Happy staff will think twice before jumping ship because of the additional benefits provided by your business.
Lower costs: When your employees are working on their own computers (that they have paid for), you don’t have to absorb the overheads that go with company-issued machines. As people like to work with the latest technologies, you can bet that your employees will use the latest applications without expecting you to pay for them.
What Are the Disadvantages of Adopting a BYOD Policy?
Higher security risk: When staff are allowed to use their own devices, your risk exposure grows exponentially. While individuals are keen to have the latest apps and hardware, they’re not as diligent when it comes to security protocols.
Employee separation: If an employee leaves the company suddenly, you won’t be able to retrieve all the company and client information stored on their device. This could leave your organisation vulnerable to a data breach or (even) sabotage.
Misplaced devices: People lose things. It’s a fact of life, and it happens to the best of us. But a lost or stolen device with access to your infrastructure can have far-reaching consequences. This makes strong passwords, multi-factor authentication, and more critical to BYOD policies.
Unsecured Wi-Fi: The Wi-Fi networks at homes or at coffee shops aren’t as secure as enterprise networks. As a result, hackers can easily breach enterprise infrastructure through a compromised public network.
So, how do you reap the benefits of BYOD while mitigating risk? The best approach here is to engage a managed services provider who can provide adequate security and reliable IT support.
How Can a Managed Services Provider Help?
An established managed IT services provider can help implement a BYOD policy but securely through virtualization. In this scenario, regardless of the device your staff use, they will only access your network through virtualized desktops.
This approach helps organisations leverage more control over their data and software used on the network. By insisting on connecting through a Virtual Private Network (VPN), you can mitigate the risk of working on a compromised Wi-Fi network.
By moving your IT environment up to the cloud, your managed services provider is better placed from an administrative perspective to manage your BYOD environment. It’s better than trying to partition individual devices to support user privacy and security.
By enabling secure client access to the cloud, issues with hardware glitches and more are resolved quickly through IT support services. Furthermore, your business IT support partner will implement all the patches and updates as they are released to keep your enterprise environment secure.
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