Bring your own Device (BYOD) is fueled by the employees who thrive on Mobile Devices and enjoy the flexibility that they offer for work as well as personal chores. Whether the firm has a governing policy for personal mobile devices or not these devices continue to bypass the boundaries of corporate network due to the increased dependency of employees on mobile devices. Hence BYOD should be considered as a welcome change by enterprise IT departments since they help improve productivity for employees and also ensure that there is a directive or policy in place which defines the usage of these devices at work.
Productivity is one of the key reasons why BYOD should be considered seriously by enterprise IT departments across organizations. Employees can access Business Applications remotely without the need of being present in office, hence satisfying urgent official requests while away from office. This could include access to emails, ERPS, HR systems and customer management systems. Also familiarity with personal devices reduces the learning curve for employees while accessing different business applications.
With the benefits being evident, there are also a few security precautions that need be taken care off while implementing BYOD. Mobile devices make it easier to access information remotely but at the same time they also make it easier for these devices to threaten the security of the corporate network when lost or misplaced. These considerations should form the basis of any mobile policy since they represent the potential avenues of security risks for the business implementing mobile/BYOD policies. Once these are taken care off, policy enforcement will not be an issue since users will need to follow standard protocols or rules while utilizing business applications through their devices.
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