Taking the Big Brother out of BYOD

Taking the Big Brother out of BYOD

There can be no doubting that bring your own device (BYOD) has become one of the most important trends for a number of companies in the UK and beyond, covering a wide variety of industries and sectors.

However, many employers are still seemingly finding it difficult to convince their workforce that a BYOD policy is the way to go.

The recent scandals surrounding data security have caused companies and workers alike to reassess how they want their data to be accessed, and indeed what information should be stored in the first place.

That has led to heightened fears over privacy, with many unable to see what is stopping their employer from accessing their device in order to view all of its stored information, equating their previously innocent and harmless employer to a Big Brother-like entity, always watching and monitoring their every move.  

Yet these fears should not be allowed to stand in the way of your company becoming more mobile as such concerns are very easy to address.

Constructing a suitable policy is essential to creating a successsful approach to BYOD as it will help everyone within the firm know what they can and cannot do with their mobile device.

However, while establishing a code of conduct for how mobile devices should be used within your system, it also helps to show that you have considered the concerns of your workforce.

Make it clear that the company has no right ro access personal information, nor doe sit have the right to monitor personal use. Make it clear that your firm will therefore comply with all of the appropriate privacy laws.

However, companies cannot afford to take such a hands-off approach to corporate data as organisations need to keep an accurate record of everything that is happening within their system at all times.

A policy should therefore make it clear that companies do have a right to monitor and preserve corporate data, even if it is stored on an employee's personal device.