BYOD Enables a Host of Benefits When Implemented Correctly
We often discuss the risks and drawbacks associated with the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend in this space. By now, it’s common knowledge that workers are bringing an increasing number of personal devices into corporate network, and failure to maintain and enforce a comprehensive BYOD policy could lead to security breaches and revenue losses.
BYOD also affords a number of benefits when implemented correctly, and these go beyond the conveniences of workers being able to use their own devices to stay on top of work-related issues. Of course, the most obvious benefit of BYOD is the ability to easily access work emails, correspondence and files anywhere, at any time, using an employee’s device of choice. Not only are employees more proficient and comfortable with using their device of choice, but this process facilitates increased productivity while fostering collaboration.
According to Heimdal Security, 67 percent of workers are already using their own devices for work-related jobs, and a whopping 50 percent of companies will actually require their employees to use their own devices to get work done by next year. Not having to provide laptops or other devices to employees so they can work remotely amounts to major savings for companies of all sizes, another compelling reason to promote and manage BYOD.
A comprehensive BYOD policy will include centralized access and management to sensitive corporate data and resources for all users, regardless of the device they are using. Role-based or user-based access offers a way to track and manage which resources users are accessing. And call accounting solutions can play a pivotal role in tracking access, offering visibility and metrics about which resources workers are using and how they are using them. Call accounting reports also provide valuable insight about how BYOD is increasing productivity as well as help pinpoint vulnerabilities and areas of risk that need more scrutiny and attention.
Implementing a comprehensive BYOD management policy is the best way to ensure corporate resources are secure while enabling workers to take advantage of all the benefits of using their own devices. Training and educating employees about company BYOD policies and security issues is also a good way to ensure corporate information remains safe and to protect against BYOD abuse and misuse.
Edited by Alicia Young