If you work for a company that offers mobile devices for employees, you may be wondering the definition of BYOD. For starters, BYOD stands for Bring your own device.
Many companies these days are allowing employees to bring in your own device and use that instead of also having a company phone separate from your personal one. In fact, around 66 percent of employees want their company IT department to let them choose their own phone based on their preferences, such as a regular phone versus a mobile phone.
And while more and more companies are allowing employees to use a Byod solution, the management of these devices is pretty bad.
Mobile device management is necessary for managing the applications installed on an employee phone, as well as ensuring the management and security of company data. It also includes managing passwords and restricting access to sensitive data that could be lost if a mobile device is stolen.
Many employees prefer to use their own phones to do their work stuff, but about a third of them say that their company does not secure or encrypt data properly. In fact, around a quarter of companies that allow BYOD do not actually have any systems in place for managing employees with these phones, or protecting the data.
A good BYOD policy would require employees to use a lock and password, in order to protect access to their mobile device. It may even require the company to be able to remotely lock a handset or wipe the phone clean if it gets stolen or an employee quits.
While the definition of BYOD is still being fully defined by companies these days, more and more are jumping on the bandwagon and allowing employees to use their personal phones for work purposes.