By Lauren Fritsky
The proliferation of iPads and iPhones being used by employees for work purposes has created a slippery slope when it comes to IT standards and security. While some companies are committed to setting up barriers to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), others are beginning to embrace the trend to foster greater work productivity and mobility. As more businesses undertake virtualisation and move to cloud services and cloud computing, you will need to create guidelines that allow employees to get the most out of their devices.
1. Get employees on board
With BYOD comes great freedom. There are good and bad aspects to this, and your company should clearly outline what an employee can use a device for and what he cannot. Can he go on Facebook to help promote your business’s page, but not to chat to his friends? Don’t forget about terms related to data stored on the device. Will you expect to have the ability to perform a data wipe should the employee leave the company?
2. Revisit your volume licensing agreement
Remember that depending on the devices and applications being used, and the number of people using them each day, you may need to revisit your volume licensing agreement. Allowing employees to use company email on their own devices, for example, may breach you current licencing agreement. Datacom consultants are knowledgeable in the latest changes in Microsoft software licensing and can help enterprise companies in Australia and New Zealand get the most out of their licensing agreement.
3. Research data security solutions
In one of our previous blog posts, we told you how mobile device management (MDM) software can help you monitor and secure mobile devices in your company within one network. You can even do this when devices are taken off the company network through endpoint security solutions. If a device gets stolen or you part ways with an employee, you can implement data wipe software to ensure important information doesn’t get into the wrong hands.
Whether you like it or not, BYOD is most likely here to stay. With a few smart decisions, you can welcome the trend into your company with open arms.
How have you allowed BYOD at your business?