Extract from Epiq’s article “BYOD in 2023: Regular Evaluation Can Help Reduce Risk”
Is it time to revisit your organization’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies? The answer to this question is subjective, but doing so can be beneficial as the workforce and productivity behaviors change. Having a BYOD program allows employees to conduct business on their personal devices, which can save an organization money and foster flexibility. CBS News cited that most – 67 percent – U.S. workers conduct business over their personal phones, which includes instances where there is no formal BYOD policy in place.
Over the past few years there has been a rise in remote working while technology continues to advance. There are more applications than ever before to communicate through or store data. This creates cyber, privacy, and legal risks associated with conducting business on personal devices. Due to this increased risk, it may be time to change gears.
BYOD Evaluation Checklist
If an organization currently has a BYOD program or is thinking about establishing one, consider assessing these five components:
- Business applications: Along with the popular business applications such as email, calendar, and Teams messenger – there are a variety of other apps available to conduct business. This is where organizations need to clarify what is acceptable under their BYOD policy to avoid security breaches. A 2022 survey by Helpnet reported that 57 percent of employer respondents were concerned about employees downloading unsafe apps or content.