BYOD, or workplace bring your own device policies, are here to stay. More than 67% of workers already use their own devices for work. However, official adoption of best practices is still spotty at best, with some 35% of organizations officially allowing it while 20% are merely aware their employees are using personal devices.
More companies are choosing to embrace BYOD and this trend is only expected to increase. This is for a variety of reasons, such as increased productivity, reduced capital expenditures, and improved morale.
It is vital that these organizations follow the latest best practices to ensure that before your business can reap the benefits of BYOD, challenges, like security, are first addressed head on.
Let’s take a look at the top four BYOD best practices that every organization should follow in 2017.
Top 4 BYOD Best Practices For 2017
#1 Create a robust BYOD policy
Many companies fail to update their IT policies regularly, leaving them with outdated frameworks on how to govern their technology. Putting a comprehensive BYOD policy in place will clearly articulate the organization’s expectations, as well as both parties’ rights and responsibilities when it comes to using personal mobile devices.
Specifically, it can help you to:
- Mandate rules for supported devices, applications, usage and security procedures
- Provide a framework for how the program will operate
- Specify responsibilities when it comes to support, maintenance and repair costs
- Help ensure that BYOD aligns with your organization’s goals
Click here to learn more about creating an effective BYOD policy.
#2 Implement an Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) system
An EMM system is an invaluable ally in helping your company manage personal device usage, and a wide range of enterprise mobility management software systems and managed services are available that will help you maximize the benefits of BYOD.
With an EMM system in place you will be able to maintain oversight over all devices, monitor security, ensure policies are followed and deploy sanctioned applications.
They provide an ideal solution to the challenges organizations face in ensuring that BYOD policies are followed and that devices are being used effectively.
Click here to learn more about Microsoft EMS, Microsoft’s cloud-based EMM.
#3 Emphasize Security
Security concerns are at the top of the list when contemplating BYOD. However, there are steps you can take to mitigate these potential dangers, even if you already have an EMM framework in place.
- Ensure staff is aware of the BYOD policy and they are educated on security risks such as malware, data protection and the security of the device itself
- Segregate approved applications so that they only exchange data online and not locally on the device
- Maintain procedures to effectively remove data or wipe from devices if they are lost or the employee resigns from the organization
- Conduct a mobile risk assessment to ensure that devices can be updated and protected against security vulnerabilities
Microsoft Intune can help give you the ideal control over applications that you seek.
#4 Keep sustainability in mind, remain flexible
Finally, BYOD should be viewed as a dynamically evolving process rather than a static policy. Employees will acquire new devices, bringing new technological challenges with them. Your organization needs to be able to adapt with the changes.
Ensure that your IT and BYOD policies are reviewed regularly so that they can provide you with the flexibility you need to keep up with the changing technology landscape.
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