Correct implementation of BYOD just as crucial as infrastructure

Correct implementation of BYOD just as crucial as infrastructure

The use of bring your own device (BYOD) schemes has been widely discussed as a viable solution for many small or medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and has caused many companies to try and make as much effort as possible to ensure that the right level of infrastructure is in place to enhance all of the benefits that such an approach can have.

Having the right system in place is obviously important, but what some IT operators may not realise is that it is arguably just as crucial to implement such systems in the right way in order to increase their efficiency.

One such point is for companies to ensure that all of their employees receive an adequate level of guidance on how to use BYOD effectively.

A recent YouGov poll commissioned by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), found that only one-third of people using their own device within the workplace had received any sort of guidance from their employer.

This means that many companies with a BYOD approach are effectively leaving their workers to use their devices in whatever manner they see fit.

Many are simply handed a web-based cloud portal into head office, without any other forms of strategy being outlined to them.

One of the main concerns that can become apparent with such an approach is the issue of security.

The ICO has issued its own level of guidance to help employers understand the importance of keeping tabs on the topic.

It recommended that an effective BYOD policy should cover what sort of personal data can be processed on the device and how it can be stored, while it claims there should also be some sort of safeguard to ensure that there are no consequences for when the device is lost or stolen.

Another concern for many companies is the fact that the world of technology is so fast-paced that any form of device being implemented can soon be regarded as being out of date.

Although much of a company's data is produced using PCs and other computers, many devices used in a BYOD capacity often do not carry a long shelf-life.

Employers therefore need to more proactive with their data in order to handle the higher frequency of disposal of devices, and ensure equipment that is eventually rendered obsolete is disposed of properly.