More and more companies these days are allowing employees use their personal devices for work. This trend is known as bring-your-own-device or BYOD. This can benefit both the company and the employee. Companies do not have to spend as much money on computers, tablets, and phones if workers are bringing their own. And as employees are already accustomed to their devices, it can significantly improve productivity.

The Risks of BYOD

All of this sounds great but there are a few risks in implementing a BYOD work environment that should not be overlooked. A writer for ComputerWorld recently wrote a column discussing this. For one, increasing the number of devices that are connected to a network raises the risk of malware attacks. Organizations can install anti-virus software on devices they own, but it is tough to regulate the safety measures employees are taking using their personal devices.

Company Information at Risk

Another aspect to consider when a company is deciding whether or not to allow employees to connect their devices to the network concerns information. When people leave the office, what information are they bringing out of the building with them? If they lose their device, sensitive data about the company could be in danger. There are a couple approaches to this. One, a company can establish restrictions around which kind of information can be stored on personal devices. Another idea is that a business could train their employees to better protect their devices.

The BYOD Trend

As increasing numbers of people have tablets and smartphones, it is likely that more companies will face this decision. The greatest benefit to allowing employees to use personal devices is the rise in productivity. This is due largely to the fact that they know their devices and they always have them. If BYOD seems like it will work for your company, just be sure your workers are taking appropriate measures with their devices to keep your company’s data protected.

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