Side Effects & Issues
Now for the complicated side. There are other interesting issues that BYOD brings to the workplace:
1) Retention of Talent: Companies that are trying to be technology and idea leaders want to hire the best candidates. Tech-savvy younger candidates will actually choose one company over another based on the technology and flexibility the company offers.
2) Purchase Your Own Device: To find a compromise, some companies have started to institute PYOD, which allows employees to purchase big-discount devices from a vetted list. These devices might have pre-installed virus protectors, company-approved apps and app filters.
3) IT Faces More Security Issues: This is a difficult issue. Companies have to rely more heavily on IT for bigger security issues that come about with employee's devices. The chances of a security breach increase substantially here. Expenses also increase considerably to manage data retention and risk avoidance. Every machine associated with the company is at risk to both add a problem and spread a problem.
4) Legal Implications: This is another big and complicated topic. The mix of personal employee information and company information on that employee’s device creates potentially serious issues if the employee is accessing the company’s cloud/server. Loss or breach of certain types of data, such as information protected by HIPAA in the healthcare field, can create liability and expense for the company. Also, valuable company information on personal devices may be lost if the device is lost.
A recent Gartner survey revealed that 68% of corporations were very/extremely concerned when thinking about securing their data on employee mobile devices. Companies not enabling BYOD (or PYOD) will be forced to capitulate soon and should definitely consider implementing policies. BYOD brings a multitude of good, bad and complicated issues that should be addressed by each company.