BYOD or “Bring Your Own Device” to work policies are an attractive trend that many SMBs are adapting. The policy tends to attract new hires, increase employee morale and overall productivity for companies. But not every company will benefit from a BYOD program. Here are a few things to consider before implementing a BYOD policy in any company.
What does BYOD REALLY cost?
Initially, businesses are hypnotized by the thought of saving money with a BYOD program. After all, letting employees use their own personal devices for work will save the company thousands of dollars, right? Wrong. Employers should also consider the cost of IT support for the devices. Employers cannot regulate the websites that their employees visit on their personal devices. This means that employees who visit risky websites at home also put the business’s network’s security at risk. Considering that 60% of SMBs do not survive a cyber attack, allowing a BYOD policy without proper IT support has the potential to devastate any business.
What devices should be allowed?
To better secure the business’s infrastructure, it is a great idea to limit the types of devices that qualify for a BYOD program. Creating a list of approved devices can help eliminate employees from using old and outdated equipment and reduce the number of software or equipment upgrades.
Are there any other risks?
Yes, companies who store customer data may make themselves vulnerable to legal risks if they offer a BYOD policy. Because employers cannot regulate the websites that their employees visit on their personal devices, these devices become more vulnerable to data breaches. It is not uncommon for customers to take legal action when their personal data is exposed, lost or stolen.
While BYOD programs do save companies on the initial investments for PCs, tablets, and mobile devices, they can quickly become a legal and financial burden for the business. If you are still unsure if a BYOD policy is right for your business, contact First Call today to discuss your business’s needs with one of our technology experts!
Galvin, J. (2018, May 7). 60 Percent of Small Businesses Fold Within 6 Months of a Cyber Attack. Here’s How to Protect Yourself. Retrieved from Inc.: https://www.inc.com/joe-galvin/60-percent-of-small-businesses-fold-within-6-months-of-a-cyber-attack-heres-how-to-protect-yourself.html