We’re pretty sure you know this
already, but just in case: BYOD is
short for Bring Your Own Device.
It basically means that employees
are allowed to use their own
mobiles, tablets and laptops for
work.

Sounds great, right? Well, in lots
of ways it is. BYOD dramatically
reduces capital expenditure and
means workers are able to communicate
with the rest of the team
and get their work done without the
hassle of having to carry multiple
devices around with them.
As many internal IT departments
struggle to keep up with new tech
updates, BYOD is a convenient way
to keep people working without
having to be tied to their desks.
One of the main aims is to capitalise
on the consumerisation of
IT, by empowering workforces to
work freely and flexibly. Employees
are actively encouraged to use the
technology they’re the most familiar
with, meaning they don’t have
to waste time learning new devices
and systems.

While it’s hard to remember a time
when we weren’t tied to our mobile
phones unable to shut off from
the outside world, arguably these
devices do improve quality of life.
By enabling us to stay connected
with friends, family and colleagues
from anywhere in the world we’re
able to manage our lives much
more efficiently than we did 10 or
20 years ago.

For businesses, BYOD can mean
increased productivity and reduced
costs. Fantastic! But there’s a dark
side too. If not handled properly,
there’s also a huge security risk
that – if the worst happens – could
easily cost you a lot of money and
damage to your reputation.