BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device and relates to using your own personal devices for work activities. This has become more prominent now that one in three people are working remotely due to the Covid pandemic. Not all organisations supply employees with equipment so it is up to the employee to use their own kit.
Asking employees to use their own devices for work can have some positive impacts. One being that it could allow employees and individuals to feel more relaxed at work, creating a more efficient environment which people often find more productive.
It can save businesses money and time. By employees using their own devices, businesses do not need to purchase new kit with individual requirements for each employee.
However, businesses can face problems when it comes to BYOD; the main one being security. When working from personal devices, employees still need to be able to access company data. This could result in huge numbers of personal devices containing confidential information. If these devices are lost or stolen, this could give unwanted third-parties to gain access to an organisation’s private information. This is especially true if these personal devices don’t have simple security such as passwords.
The security risk is also prominent when it comes to employees leaving the company. When individuals leave a company, it can take time to wipe data from their personal device so it can get missed. It means that even once an individual has left a company, they can access confidential information.
On personal devices, there is often a lack of anti-virus software. When organisations supply kit, they can ensure that there is the correct software in place to avoid any viruses. Employees can be encouraged to install anti-virus software, but this is not always carried out and can cause huge risks.
As remote working does not always mean working from home, employees will be able to work from any location. If they are working in public areas, it is likely that they will need access to unsecured Wi-Fi so they can complete their work tasks. Unsecured Wi-Fi networks can provide hackers with an opportunity to get access to your business’s systems and confidential information.
Keep your device up to date. Most devices will notify you when there is an option to update your software. Make sure you do this whenever you are notified. This will reduce the risk of cyber attacks.
Ensure your devices are secured with strong password. Passwords should be complex and should not include any personal information.
When downloading a new software to use for work purposes, make sure they are approved by your organisation.
Make sure you download anti-virus software on your devices!
Switch on your firewall. Where anti-virus software’s remove viruses and malicious software’s from devices, firewalls are in place to protect devices from networks.
Sort out your storage! Do not save your businesses information to your personal device. Make sure you contact your organisation to sort out access to a storage system.
Where BYOD can bring some positive impacts to employees work, it has a lot of risks associated with it. If you are thinking of allowing your employees to make sure of BYOD, ensure you put the correct measures in place to deal with the risks. If you are an employee who uses their own device for work, follow our tips above to ensure you keep your organisation’s information as safe as possible.
If you think that there are still risks, contact your IT department to voice your concerns. They may be able to supply you with some kit or they may have other methods in place to keep work safe whilst you are working from your own device.
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