BYOD (Bring Your Own Device): Understanding The Benefits And Risks

The upcoming trend in organizations and companies now is the concept of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). It is a practice, where employees are usually asked to or encouraged to bring along their own personal devices like mobiles or computers to work and to access organizations systems and data.

One of the major advantages of BYOD is cost saving. With such a practice in place, the cost shifts from the employers to the employees. This results in enormous savings to the employers allowing them to invest their limited resources in an optimized manner.

Additionally, it can be arguing that there is a positive correlation between the comfort-level of employees and their productivity. With their own devices, employees get comfortable and master their use. These devices are usually equipped with the latest technologies and therefore are beneficial to an organization. Allowing employee to work on their own devices and systems does not require frequent hardware upgrading.

However, the practice of BYOD comes with its own set of challenges, that an organization has to conquer. With BYOD, there may not be a common support system in place for any technical issues that may arise. Since most employees will be working on devices with different types and makes, it becomes difficult to keep track of the technical glitches that may arise. It is important to understand and be aware of this.

Also, security is a concern across all platforms today, and this holds true for a BYOD policy as well. The IT department of an organization can overcome this challenge, with the help of antivirus programs and password protection. The use of personal devices in the workplace continues to rise, and along with it the potential legal and data protection risks.

The rising popularity of BYOD has also created challenges of enabling security for data. A personal device that is used for professional and personal activities has access to the corporate network or server and this increases the chances of this company/corporate data to be accessed by unauthorized users increasing the likelihood that corporate data can be accessed by unauthorized users.

In case of a BYOD policy, deleting and retrieving of data can also be a major challenge. With different devices at work, data can get difficult to track. Data loss and privacy issues can also be a problem that the organizations need to be ready to handle.

Many organizations have now started to adopt the BYOD policy and looks like it is here to stay!