Over the past several months you probably have been hearing it more and more. I am referring to the term BYOD. Have you been wondering what this new technology this is?
Well first let me clarify what BYOD is. It is not a new technology. In its simplest form BYOD is a term. It stands for Bring Your Own Device.
It is a recent trend of employees bringing personally-owned mobile devices to their workplace, and using those devices to access privileged company resources such as email, file servers, and databases. Some prefer the term Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT), because it is a broader description, which not only covers the hardware device(s), but also the software used on the device (e.g. web browser, media player, antivirus, word processor).
Today we access data and the Internet in various ways. Many companies have taken advantage of this allowing their employees to access company resources through their personal devices.
Some have argued that companies have become cheap and this is an easy way to decrease their company’s expenses. Other’s have argued that their company is behind in technology and if an employee want to effectively accomplish their job, they need the additional technology for an advantage.
Either way – one burning concern that you and your company need to determine is who is responsible for supporting your device. Because many companies have made deep cuts, their IT staff has limited resources and abilities.
Before you bring your smartphone or tablet into the office you should clarify what support you can expect from your IT dept.
However – support is not the only concern, there are other things that can make your company uneasy too. One of the biggest issues with BYOD is security – and the tracking and controlling access to the corporate resources, mainly the network and databases.
Additionally, it is important to consider damage liability. If an employee brings their personal device to work, and it is damaged through no fault of their own, should a company reimburse the employee the device?
So – make sure the know your company’s policies regarding personal devices in the workplace and if and how you are authorized to use them. If your company does not have a policy, perhaps you should talk with the powers that be to incorporate some.
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