BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE
WHEN the trend first started BYOD was smart, practical, cost-effective, and employee-friendly. IT departments were also saving money so it seemed to be a ‘winner’. So why do opinions seem to be shifting?
Employees seemed to enjoy working with tools they knew without the need to micromanage their digital lives. However as cyber-attacks increasingly made the headlines and GDPR rapidly changed our mindsets about data protection, a curious ambivalence towards BYOD seems to have set. Organisations realised they had to start weighing up security costs against the value BYOD brought to the company's financial bottom line. All of a sudden the conversation changed from immediate savings to the significant threat of financial fines, loss of information and reputational damage if something went wrong.
We get asked about BYOD a lot so we put together this simple guide of things to consider before making the switch.
IS THE GRASS REALLY GREENER?
Employees often prefer their own devices, which they are already comfortable using. They may not want to keep track of multiple phones or tablets or learn new systems. Allowing your employees to use familiar technology can help with recruiting and retaining happy workers.
BYOD can give employees flexible access to company data, apps, and shared files
(which may also be a disadvantage).
Companies save money on handsets.
BEFORE YOU JUMP ON THE BANDWAGON
CONSIDER THESE FOUR FACTORS...
In the early days some called BYOD a ‘cost-saving,’ ‘efficiency improving,’ ‘no-brainer’! However...many of the IT professionals we work with strongly oppose it. Truthfully, no solution will be 'one size fits all', so we have rounded up the key factors worth considering when deciding if BYOD is right for your organisation.
BYOD SECURITY TECHNOLOGIES TO CONSIDER
Some potential weapons in your BYOD arsenal