Bring your own device (BYPD) is not just the latest IT buzz phrase. The movement behind the policy has been going on for some time. According to a 2013 BYOD survey from Ovum, 60 per cent of users access their work data on a personal device, yet only 33 per cent of businesses proactively manage this.
BYOD is an effective way of formalizing the use of personal devices at work so that risk is managed and the challenge of cross-platform data management is addressed. When set up correctly, BYOD is a great way to ensure data is safeguarded, stored securely and accessed appropriately, only by those who need it.
1. BYOD Policies Are Not Negotiable
Your employees may have started the tidal wave of personal device adoption, but your business must now take the reins and define what is appropriate. Your BYOD policy must be set in stone, and users may have to sign an agreement to allow remote management of their personal device if it’s lost or stolen.
2. Staff Must Consider How Data Is Created and Destroyed
Using virtualization, there’s rarely any need to download and store data on a mobile device. But data could still be created on the device, and that’s a challenge in itself. Users must be aware that data must be stored correctly, regardless of the source, and destroyed on demand. Dell makes data management simple thanks to sophisticated control panels and management software.
3. Devices Are Not Made Equal
Under BYOD, the aim is to make data accessible regardless of the operating system or device used. This may introduce some challenges. Obscure devices may not be capable of accessing the network, or may open up your corporate network to security risks. In your policy, you must specify the consequences if a user wishes to use an unsupported device on your corporate network. This may mean supplying an alternative at the company’s expense.
4. Training is Inevitable
One of the big benefits of BYOD is the reduced spend on training, but you may still need to educate your employees on the appropriate use of their mobile devices. For example, you may wish to require certain device security measures, such as passcode locks, as well as physical security measures, such as not leaving any device in an unattended vehicle. Users should also be coached on the use of appropriate passwords.
Increased Productivity is Inevitable
Implementation of BYOD sounds like a challenge, but the benefit of BYOD is increased engagement from your personnel and a more proactive attitude towards work. The business also benefits from lower investment in hardware as it transitions to software-defined infrastructure using Dell virtual servers.
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