Whether your company has intended to be a BYOD or not, it’s likely that employees are bringing their own devices to work anyway. In the era of smartphones, tablets, and other personal technology devices, it’s difficult to imagine any workplace where BYOD is not occurring on a daily basis. This article from CSO Online reveals that at least 49% of all employees “use a personal mobile device for work-related tasks and spend a great deal of time on personal devices for their job.”
By now it’s safe to say that the question of BYOD has become less about if your company will support BYOD and more about how your company will do BYOD securely.
By saying that BYOD is inevitable, we’re in no way saying that it is simple. Even securing company-owned devices is a challenge that many organizations continue to struggle with. So it makes sense that IT departments or company executives are apprehensive when it comes to employees using their personal devices in work contexts. Yet, acknowledging the challenges of BYOD is the first step to creating solutions. So, let’s lay these challenges out:
While there are definitely risks associated with BYODs, the imminent growth of personal devices will make it near impossible for any company to avoid BYOD entirely. The energy spent avoiding the use of personal devices may be better spent in preparing a security strategy for the personal devices employees already use and for the devices that will inevitably continue to be integrated into work life.
Creating a strategy for how your office place will deal with personal devices will not only pacify worried executives, but it will also serve as a great tool in dealing with the day-to-day challenges of BYOD. Here are some ideas we have for creating your own strategy:
In 2015, we can no longer consider BYOD a hypothetical. What we can consider, however, is that an organization’s willingness to adapt could be their best defense against future security threats.