Bring-Your-Own-Device: Risks and Benefits

Bring-Your-Own-Device: Risks and Benefits

Do you use your personal computer for work? Or your iPad? This is the bring-your-own-device trend or BYOD. It is becoming increasingly popular for companies to let employees use their own devices at and for work. There are a couple reasons why this is beneficial for companies. For starters, companies don’t have to invest as much on computers and equipment, for another, employees are already accustomed to their own devices so it can improve productivity.

The Risks of BYOD

But the BYOD movement does have risks, risks that ComputerWorld columnist Darragh Delaney highlights in a recent column. Delaney writes that IT security personnel are growing more concerned about the hazards of letting employees use their own devices to access workplace networks. The higher the number of outside devices connecting into a network, the greater the risk that a network will fall victim to some sort of malware attack. After all, not all employees take the proper steps to protect their computing devices.

Company Information at Risk

Another aspect to consider when a company is deciding if you should allow employees to connect their devices to the network concerns information. When people leave the office, what information are they bringing out of the building with them? If they drop their device, confidential data about the company could be at risk. There are a couple solutions to this. One, a company can make restrictions around which kind of information can be stored on personal devices. Another idea is that a company could train their employees to better protect their devices.

The BYOD Trend

As increasing numbers of people have tablets and smartphones, chances are that more organizations will face this decision. The most significant benefit to allowing employees to use personal devices is the increase in productivity. This is due mostly to the fact that they know their devices and they always have them. If BYOD seems like it will work for your company, just be sure your workers are taking appropriate measures with their devices to keep your company’s data protected.