Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in business

Modern business practices and techniques have come a long way from the days of a rusty old typewriter and creaky filing cabinets.  With the implementation of advanced working capacities, many companies look for new ways of creating a better working environment.

We have already discussed how Bring Your Own Device policy (BYOD) is hitting schools all over the globe and now, with all this new technology to hand, more businesses are adopting (BYOD) too.  As one may assume, this scheme encourages employees to bring their own device to the workplace, log in to company systems & programs and engage fully with the business.

BYOD promotes employee benefits such as the familiarity of using one’s personal handset and with better performing networks and connections. Many employees are achieving a working-life balance through BYOD, as businesses possess the ability to deliver corporate apps to directly to employee devices from the comfort of one’s home.

For instance at Ingram Micro, a US Supply Chain System company, they believe their BYOD policy has given employees a greater sense freedom of choice, a secure enterprise connectivity, and more productive on their own devices. Many critics though, have voiced their concerns where BYOD is implemented.

Breaches in data and security are main issues for large businesses as IT Support teams are likely to struggle to locate missing data and/or devices should fraudulent or criminal activity take place. Several cases of MI5 devices recently found by the public on trains are clear examples of how BYOD policies for spies operating in the field need careful consideration with regards to security of the device.

Despite the data concerns, many health services have started to adopt the BYOD policy, as general practitioners and doctors communicate through their corporate apps containing classified information such as patient details. With many publishers now implementing BYOD, with their own publishing apps, it looks like a policy that is to continue to grow organically.

 

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