Looking back could help companies look forward when it comes to BYOD

Looking back could help companies look forward when it comes to BYOD

While there can be no denying the fact that bring your own device (BYOD) is still something of a modern trend for many businesses, many have perhaps viewed the adoption of personal mobile devices within the workplace as something of a metaphorical step into the unknown.

However, just because the technology itself is modern does not mean that there is no way of predicting how things will turn out. Indeed, there are a number of lessons to be learned from the past that could prove crucial to companies looking to implement a successful BYOD policy.  

As the chief executive officer of Privacy Professor, Rebecca Herold, pointed out in a recent blog post for Dell, businesses have already been here before.

Ms Herold points out that the same level of concern and hysteria surrounding the use of smartphones and other personal devices mirrors the feelings of what happened during the late 1990s, which witnessed growing concerns over employees using their own desktop home computers to access the corporate network from home.

However, the associated risks that came about as a result were dealt with by companies and subsequently neutralised.

The process of worrying started all over again in the early 2000s with the growing use of laptops, while the rise of the smartphone and tablet has caused yet more headaches for IT departments. However, solutions have been devised for such problems, with Herold arguing that the premise of using the internet to mix work and personal is something that has remained constant throughout the years.

Perhaps one of the most crucial lessons to learn is that trends such as BYOD need to be properly monitored and implemented alongside an effective mobile device management (MDM) system.