Though they have been around for much longer, for the past year, BYOD policies have become prominence in business and the mainstream media. Letting us work flexibly through the pandemic, BYOD policies look set to remain long into the future.
So, with this in mind, let us look into what is meant by a BYOD policy.
What is a BYOD policy?
Bring your own device, or BYOD, is when employees of a business are encouraged to use their personal devices for work purposes. This could be anything from your smartphone to a USB drive, tablet device to a laptop.
Personal devices are connected to the organisation’s network so that employees can access the necessary systems and data, allowing employees the capacity to work whilst on the go.
However, this also means that employees’ personal devices will have access to potentially sensitive and confidential data. As these devices are not managed by the company itself, this carries a certain set of security risks.
BYOD policies should be enforced in order to minimise the risk of data leaks or cyber hacking and ensure maximum safety and security. A BYOD policy can include safety precautions such as regular IT training and the adoption of “zero trust” solutions.
Zero trust works on eliminating the need for trust within a network. Instead of a network trusting that every connected device is safe, and every user is authentic, or indeed instead of a user trusting that the network is safe, zero trust ensures that everything is secure within the network.
BYOD in the COVID-19 era
BYOD has been a favourite of 2020 and 2021, rising in popularity due to its applications with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. If BYOD policies were not a feature of the company already, many employers quickly adopted temporary BYOD policies when the coronavirus threat first hit the UK.
Though these policies might have been effective, we might not have taken into consideration that, over a year later, there would still be many people working from home.
With a large percentage of the workforce still remote, and some opting to work from home on a more permanent basis, this has led to BYOD polices being reconsidered with the aim to make them less temporary.
In fact, according to the annual Verizon Mobile Security report, and as reported by SC Media, four in 10 of these BYOD policies will remain a permanent feature of the workforce, even once employees return to the office.
The new normal
Whilst COVID-19 continues to be a threat, and even after for that matter, flexible and hybrid working is here to stay – and, alongside it, so are BYOD policies.
Though only four in 10 temporary policies look to become permanent, chances are that there are more in the works. This is because wherever there are personal devices being regularly used on a work network, there should always be a BYOD policy in even a small unofficial capacity.
So, as we make our way towards what might be considered the new normal, make sure your personal devices and stakeholder data are safe and protected with effective permanent BYOD policies.