Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
Bring Your Own Device refers to employees who bring their own computing devices (e.g., smartphones, laptops, and tablets) to work with and use in addition to or instead of company-provided devices.
What Does Bring Your Own Device Mean
The proliferation of BYOD is growing as people increasingly own their own high-end mobile computers and become more tied to a specific type of device or mobile operating system.
Advantages and risks
- With employees now likely to use their own PCs and mobile devices for work-related tasks – whether their employer supports it or not – a BYOD policy to control the use of such devices is becoming increasingly important to mitigate the risks from BYOD. This is primarily concerned with the infiltration of the corporate network by malware.
- BYOD is believed to increase employee productivity and morale, but poses some problems from a security perspective. Since BYOD devices are not tightly controlled by an organization, corporate information may not be as secure, increasing the risk of data breaches.
- Maintenance can also be an issue with BYOD, especially if employees are allowed to use a variety of devices with different operating systems.
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