Bring It! BYOD And Its Pros And Cons

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It’s a common problem every small business has to face at some point, trying to find ways to cut back on their expenses, and it’s usually technology that is something we can’t feasibly cut back on because we need to keep ahead of our competitors. One thing that many startup companies now do is to allow their workers to use their own smartphones and laptops for business purposes, known as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). From the perspective of the business it makes a lot of sense to use our own devices as the vast majority of us now own one, but how can we make our employees aware of the risks involved?

Communicating Best Practices

When it comes to communicating the best way to use our personal devices for the purposes of work you need to first weigh up the pros and cons and employ a sense of due diligence. Policing the issue always begins with understanding the full implications of BYOD. And while lots of companies have no policies in place for this type of thing, you only have to look at the list that has showing the amount of cyber attacks that have occurred recently should demonstrate to you that you need to operate with the security of your business firmly in mind and communicate these issues to your employees.

Methods To Deal With The Issues

One way to combat attacks is to employ a company to set up a support network for your devices to be operated meaning you have that layer of security in place. If you look at the services by web page in the resource library there is information on BYOD and what tools you can use to make it suitable for your business. But there are plenty of options for you to increase your security, such as setting up each device with a passcode, as well as things like data encryption, as well as prohibiting the storage of specific files and restricting access. But these issues can be a problem for personal devices so it’s best to discuss with your employees if they can give you the necessary permissions. Once you have understood the problem properly, you can begin to implement the most suitable solutions. Once you have undertaken the risk assessments, you can then start to measure the risks against specific threats to your business which can include the infiltration of passwords, sandboxing, malware, remote wiping, etc.

The Benefits Of BYOD

A lot of the benefits of BYOD speak for themselves. As your employees are using their own devices, it can mean an increase in productivity for your employees, and you are giving the workers what they want. Of course, the other benefit of you saving lots of money in bringing in new devices and as your workers will be much more familiar with their own devices it means a quicker upskilling process which is another cost saving benefit.

BYOD is very popular method for small businesses right now but as long as you understand the risks that go with it and put the right preventative measures in place it means you will be able to save a lot of business funds and hassle from your perspective.

Just a regular computer user. I write for regular users like me. When we grow up we are taught basic security tips like how to cross the street. But we are not taught how to take care of ourselves online.