3 Considerations To Make Before Deciding On A Bring-Your-Own-Device Policy

Whether you’ve allowed a staff member to work from home or brought a contractor on board, you’re now faced with a dilemma: provide company equipment for the individual, or allow them to access company data on a personal device.

Sure, pay still plays a part. But it alone won’t secure you the top talent. You need wellbeing-related policies – and the tech to support them – if you intend on appealing to a younger audience.


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1. Data and security

There’s no sugar-coating it: BYOD isn’t safe unless you have total control. And that’s something which is nigh-on impossible with personal devices.

On each computer, there could be an unprotected document containing passwords or other valuable company data. Whether your employees care for their equipment or not, the varying levels of cybersecurity on each device will leave gaps – gaps that can be exploited with phishing emails and other attacks.

Of course, this isn’t to say that you couldn’t align their protection yourself. But forcing all users to install company-approved protection can be difficult – not only because employees may refuse, but also in the event that their devices are dated and aren’t compatible with contemporary cybersecurity.

2. Device incompatibility

Additionally, your team will rarely have the same brands of device in their homes. Some will use Apple products, others Microsoft, and some will use their mobile or tablet as a primary workstation.

Android in particular has a diverse range of devices and varying versions of their operating system. Simply pairing these with other devices in your organisation can take time, which is often something that your IT department doesn’t have.

Should another department (such as HR) look to step in and help, this could cause further complications – leading both to lose track of potential hazards.

3. Team collaboration

HR and IT aren’t the only departments impacted. Having a huge range of devices hampers company-wide collaboration. If each piece of kit is running a different version of certain software, it’s unlikely they’ll be able to access data in real time.

This presents a challenge if users are working on a project and aren’t in the same location. The delay in communication will cause minor setbacks at best, and in worst-case scenarios, threaten the success of campaigns or product launches.

Passing data between unsecure channels in this way could also be considered non-compliance with GDPR. It would likely earn you a significant penalty if it resulted in a breach of customer information.

But there is an alternative…

At Fonza, we know of one sure way to safely benefit from allowing personal devices in the workplace – and that is through using hosted desktops.

Cloud computing is the only secure means of offering both remote-working and BYOD policies. It allows individuals to use their own computer while being protected.

Once logging into the cloud, the device itself is irrelevant. It simply acts as a virtual version of a physical desktop, addressing all of the above concerns.

What’s more, we’ll tailor our hosted solution to your processes. So, what’s stopping you? Arrange a demo today.