You will recall that in April 2011, our blog cited a poll regarding the use of personal electronic devices at work (“It’s 9:00 am. Do You Know What Your Employees Are Doing?”). At that time, 40% of Canadian employees reported used their own digital devices for work related purposes. However, only 50% of their employers were aware that these employees were accessing company systems with those personal devices.
This premise of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is not going away. In fact, according to ARMA’s Information Management Magazine (Nov/Dec 2012 issue), “the days of employees using organization-supplied devices for company business are going the way of the Dodo.” The article confirms that organizations of all sizes and industries are increasing adopting the BYOD trend.
It appears that since we can’t beat them, we’ll have to join them…or at least meet them halfway. Some controls are warranted. Accordingly, organizations must implement appropriate BYOD policies and protocols. Start by consulting existing information governance, corporate security, privacy and acceptable use policies to ensure everything aligns well. Then, consider the following issues before you draft your organization’s new BYOD policy:
Depending upon your organization’s IT infrastructure and systems, there may be other considerations. A little bit of work up front will ensure that your employees can continue to utilize their devices of choice, but not compromise your organization’s data.