Many SMBs (small and medium-sized businesses) are seeing the advantages of supporting BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in their companies. Allowing the employees to use their own devices to connect to the company intranet or through the company’s managed service provider helps lower company costs. The program also helps the business leverage many of today’s leading-edge devices that each employee already owns, which provides company savings while utilizing the best technology available.
Although BYOD provides significant benefits for SMBs, it is not without its own inherent risk when proper caution is not taken. It is imperative that every company creates and implements their own BYOD policies to handle these concerns. Research indicates that nearly six in ten businesses provide some type of Bring Your Own Device program, although less than one-third of those has incorporated specific BYOD policies.
BYOD Empowers Businesses
It has long been recognized that BYOD can significantly empower small and medium-sized businesses by allowing them to cut costs with just a few simple tweaks to their security policy. Many IT managers have obvious concerns when it comes to creating an effective policy to control Bring Your Own Device. Their objections to the policies are often focused on a failure of the data security and the inability to support a huge array of devices. However, a strong policy can enhance data security. Additionally, incorporating cloud storage or applications that operate on a secured mobile connection can minimize many of these concerns.
If companies set policies and guidelines firmly in place, all of these concerns can be addressed and rectified. As a result, the company will benefit greatly by utilizing their employees’ mobile devices while in the office, out in the field, or at a remote location. Allowing the workforce to remain connected to the company’s communication infrastructure is a quick way to extend the business outside of the office.
Protecting Confidential Company Data
Part of the policy to control BYOD requires proper training that focuses on protecting confidential company data along with strict limitations on personal use during business hours. Additionally, the policies will need to incorporate strict guidelines on disallowing unacceptable applications to be used or downloaded on an employee smart phone or tablet.
Other than the significant advantages of higher productivity, and lower cost, business owners and managers can incorporate video conferencing and other important tools for staying connected with their employees when in remote locations. By developing and maintaining strict BYOD policies, essential confidential company data can remain secure without hindering the workforce’s capacity to do their jobs.