BYOD Bring Your Own Device

What is BYOD policy?

A bring your own device policy(BYOD) refers to the trend of employees using personal devices to connect their organisational networks and access work-related systems and potentially sensitive data. In most cases, companies allow byod policy allow people to use laptop, smartphones, tablets and usb drives for working purposes rather than striktly requiring the use of devices that are owned by the organisation and supported by IT.

Why is BYOD important?

BYOD policy is an important topic for any organisational leader because personal devices can enter the workplace whether sanctioned or not by IT. It can make a better user experience and empower employees to work and collaborate the way they prefer, with the devices they are familiar with. It is also critical to have device security options in place to mitigate the risk and vulnerabilities as well.

BYOD advantages and disadvantages

The advantages of supporting BYOD within your organisation include:

  • Increase productivity from employees as they spend less time to learn a new tech ecosystem or switch between their work and personal tech set-ups
  • Increase employee job satisfaction and retention through flexible work agreements
  • Reduce the cost that the company spends on the hardware, device maintenance etc.

The disadvantages of employees using personal devices on the job include:

  • Lost of the personal devices or leaving the company can lead to the data leaks or breaches
  • The possibility of family members accessing unauthorised information when sharing tech
  • End-point attacks spreading malware from a personal device through the employer’s gateway
  • Lack of the network


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