Users are bringing their personal mobile devices to the workplace – and that might seem like a blessing to a small to midsize business (SMB). And it can be. A Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategy can increase productivity and flexibility while enabling workers to use the devices they’re most familiar with. Plus, the company doesn’t have to purchase the technology.
But BYOD can also be fraught with pitfalls for the unwary. Most companies have designed their IT infrastructure to support desktops. Many policies and procedures have been thoroughly planned and implemented – but few of these older policies account for the requirements of employees’ personally owned mobile devices.
Security is a primary concern with any BYOD initiative. When employees are accessing and storing data on their mobile devices, your company’s sensitive information is at risk. Mobile devices can easily be lost or stolen, and an unsecure device can introduce malware that compromises your entire network.