Mobile devices have transformed the way we live—how we communicate, travel, shop, work and so much more. This transformation is so revolutionary that it is hard to remember a time when they didn’t exist. According to Statistica 83% of the US population owns at least one smart phone. Many companies see the benefit of allowing employees to use their personal devices for work purposes, but like many aspects of technology integration, there are pros and cons. Before an organization considers allowing employees to use their own devices to transact company business, it’s smart to first adopt a policy that will govern how personal devices are permitted to intersect with company data and what controls the company will put in place to enforce those rules. With the increased cyber-attacks, a good BYOD policy is no longer optional.
An organization may save money by avoiding the purchase of a device – and related data plan – for an employee, but there is a cost of the security measures that are necessary to comply with best practices and well as the management of those security measures
Employee Privacy Concerns Most employees are not educated on the risk of using personal devices at work. If the organization is sued, their personal data is possibly at risk as well. Additionally, the company may require access to everything on the employee’s device, even private information, depending on the type of mobile management the company deploys.
Increased Risk of Cyber-Attacks
With the explosion of mobile device usage, hackers now have many more “attack surfaces” than before, such as introducing untrusted mobile apps that may be vulnerable or malicious. Personal devices are also very attractive to hackers because not only do they contain company data, but also personally identifiable information (PII) about the user.
Employee Non-Compliance How many of us avoid or delay installing updates to our mobile devices? Keeping mobile devices updated with patches and operating system upgrades is imperative for security reasons, but it’s difficult to enforce this.
Physical Loss Or Theft Now that devices are not tethered to desks, it’s incredibly easy to lose track of a smartphone, laptop or tablet. The true cost of a lost mobile device goes far beyond the price of replacement, thanks to lost productivity, loss of intellectual property, data breaches and legal fees. It’s estimated that the average loss to a company exceeds $49,000 per lost or stolen device!
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