Using your mobile to access company data has become the norm. You may even be reading this post on your mobile or tablet.
Employees are increasingly using personal devices for work, more commonly referred to as 'Bring Your Own Device' or 'BYOD'. Whilst increasing productivity, BYOD exposes your organisation to security threats. What happens when an employee loses their device or leaves your employment? How can you ensure your company data and that of your clients is protected? Failing to do so, could be very costly!
We highlight the key considerations for your business below.
Benefits of BYOD
- Increased productivity: employees are more productive using their own devices which are familiar to them and are often of a higher spec.
- Improved satisfaction: the flexibility of not having to carry multiple devices leads to a happier workforce. 83% of employees say their mobile is more important than their morning cup of coffee!
- Cost savings: companies can reduce their costs by not spending large sums on handsets and avoiding maintenance and breakage costs.
Points to Consider
- Data security: Loss of company or client data is the top BYOD concern. Personal devices often have limited security settings, which can leave data vulnerable to a breach in the case of device loss or theft. Also, how can you remove company data when an employee leaves employment?
- Employee costs: increased data usage for work commitments can lead to employees asking employers to cover line rental costs.
- Ongoing management: supporting an array of devices with different operating systems can require additional resources and expertise.
How to effectively manage BYOD
It is possible to enjoy the benefits of BYOD and mitigate potential security risks. Key to this is implementing a Mobile Device Management (MDM) system to provide greater visibility and control over company data security. A good MDM will allow you to;
- enforce complex passcodes for added security
- encrypt company data
- automatically remove company data should a device be compromised
- deploy applications in accordance with company policies
- wipe company data in the case of device loss, theft or employee departure
- ensure any personal data on the device is untouched
You may think these systems are expensive but in reality, they start from as little as £3 per device per month – less than the cost of your morning latte!
For more details on MDM systems and other practical recommendations, read our Top Tips for implementing BYOD.
Mobile devices in the workplace are here to stay so ensuring you can manage these effectively and protect your data is important. If you have any questions or would like to discuss mobile working in general, simply get in touch or click here for more information.