The freedom that comes along with mobility is the proverbial double-edged sword. An employee thinks, “Awesome, I can work from anywhere” only to realize, “I can be, and should be, working from everywhere!” The employer thinks, “Wonderful, we are now connected to our workforce 24/7” and then they realize, “Wow, we have to protect our workforce 24/7.” The implementation of a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy can alleviate some of the concerns on both ends.
Before you can create and implement an effective BYOD policy, it’s important to understand the role of mobility in today’s workforce. Below are three considerations to help you form a BYOD policy:
Who is actually connecting from outside of the office? Most employers aren’t quite sure how to answer. The IDC estimates that this year, the world’s mobile worker population will reach 1.3 billion, representing 37.2 percent of the total workforce. Aside from those specifically categorized as remote employees, telecommuting is often extended to employees during bad weather, illness, or relocation in an effort to maintain productivity. For a clear policy that users will follow, you need to understand who the users are, and how to address their needs most effectively.
How are people connecting? It is almost more critical to understand how the connections are made over who is making the connections. According to research by Forrester, the average employee accesses corporate data from three or more work and/or personal devices. Even if you are providing devices that have been through security clearances, employees are still using personal devices to check in. With that being the case, BYOD policies need to be defined and outlined not only for every employee, and every device.
Which security policy is in place to protect your data? To protect the data being accessed there may already be a policy in place but chances are that it may be outdated. Forbes says that mobile strategies, as part of larger IT strategies, across industries are insufficient after a couple of years. With hacking and data breaches on the rise, it’s important to modernize any existing policies with updated security considerations.
To establish a proper BYOD policy, it’s important to review the specifics of your workforce. For instance, review and create policy details such as approved device lists, procedures for lost devices, and specifications for downloading or using applications. Additionally, stipulating how both company-provided and personal devices are supported will also add to a full BYOD policy.
At Prince Albert Photocopier, we have reviewed BYOD policies for companies to ensure that they are addressing today’s most critical issues and fortify the company’s data. If you find yourself without the time to put together a strong BYOD policy, as your partner, we design a custom policy and enforce it for you.
Contact one of our professionals for help setting up your BYOD policy.
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