Security in your startup is one of the big obstacles you have to overcome. Cost can be a major factor for any established business, so it’s very likely going to be one that sits firmly in your mind when upscaling or making those tentative steps to starting your company. A very common method that people now use to cut back on cost, especially when it comes to tech, is to have your workers use their own devices, commonly known as BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, and why not? It makes perfect sense from a financial perspective. The vast majority of people have their own smartphones, tablets, and laptops, so you should take advantage of it. But before you do, you need to be aware of the risks involved.



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As a method for productivity, BYOD works wonderfully. Your workers will be able to access information on their own device and work much easier on a setup they are already familiar with. But you need to make sure that you weigh up the benefits versus the risks. Due diligence has to be at the forefront of your mind and make sure that when you are thinking about how to police it, you’ve already made the first positive step. It’s amazing how many companies have no policy in place at all! Understanding the full implications of letting corporate information onto a personal device leaves you open to a myriad of questions. What happens if a device is lost? How much information can your staff be allowed to use on their device? The crossover between personal and business means that by using their own devices, there is a right to privacy because they are working on their own equipment. A very simple option is to employ a company to create a suitable support network. Many Managed IT Services for businesses have numerous options to help you support your network capabilities while also allowing for personal mobile devices. Implementing a policy for your workers is where it can get sticky. Apart from the basics of setting up devices with passcodes, other means to support BYOD could be data encryption, banning the storage of certain files, and limiting access to certain areas of corporate sensitivity.



The first step in trying to solve the issue is to truly understand the problem. From there, you can find a suitable solution that you can make scalable and manage efficiently. In implementing a successful BYOD solution, you should undertake a thorough risk assessment first. Measure your risks against various threats, including passcodes, malware, remote wipe, sandboxing, and the list goes on. The real success in implementing a BYOD system in your workplace is to increase your business’ productivity. By using this method, you are serving your business properly by giving your employees what they want. The byproducts of a happier workforce speak for themselves, so it could very well be in your best interests to start a BYOD method of working. The reduction of cost is a very attractive factor too!  



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