Technology is pushing small and mid-sized businesses towards smartphones and other mobile devices in the workplace today. And with over 325 million smartphones shipped last quarter alone it’s almost impossible to avoid. That’s why it’s more important than ever to establish an effective BYOD or Bring Your Own Device Policy for your business. So what should you consider when you create your policy?
- Decide what mobile devices are allowed. If your company allows your employees to bring their own devices to work , it can be a nightmare for IT to have to support multiple platforms. Therefore, it is important to decide what devices are allowed to be used and which ones are not. You may also want to consider purchasing your own company devices for your employees to use as being more cost effective.
- Establish BYOD security policies. It is important for your company to establish an “acceptable use policy” for your mobile devices. This will help with employee distractions and reduce security risks with viruses or malware. You may also want to consider developing a monitoring system and disciplinary action for employees who disobey the policy. Although this may seem harsh, it may avoid a security breach down the road.
- Establish an employee exit policy. It is equally important to come up with an exit policy for when employees leave the company. Document in your employee exit checklist to ensure you remove the employee from access to information on the network, business email or other applications.
These are just a few things that you should consider when developing your own BYOD policies. If you would like additional information or help with creating your policy we can help.