Tue, June 28, 2016

BYOD – Establishing the Future of Business

What percentage of your staff uses their mobile devices for both personal and work use?

More than likely, you have at least some of your employees with access to their work email on their Smartphones. The need to access information anywhere at anytime has driven the need for a mobile workforce, and in turn has led to employees bringing their own devices to the office. For those of you who were not able to attend our last webinar, here are the top things you should know about creating a successful BYOD policy for your organization.

BYOD is Not Just a Trend

Pew Research Center conducted surveys about mobility, displaying how dependent we as a society are on technology. As the number of smartphone owners continues to rise, the use of the cell phone expands far beyond making and receiving calls. Whether accessing corporate email, line of business applications such as a time clock or CRM, using the device to VPN – there are many organizations who have not yet taken the leap to implementing a BYOD policy. One of the major concerns is security, as well as lack of IT resources and employee privacy.

Factors for a Policy

In creating a BYOD policy, it is important to create a comprehensive document explaining what is expected of employees when they bring their personal devices to use in the workplace. They first need to know the devices supported as well as OS version requirements. What security measures will be taken, and are there compliance standards to keep in mind? Who will be managing the devices, will it be through a MDM platform like MaaS 360? Are there any unauthorized applications and websites? These are just a few of the things that your employees will need to have an clear understanding.

What are the Values of Implementing BYOD?

Increased productivity is one of the main benefits of implementing BYOD. Your employees know their own devices, so there is no need to learn a completely new mobile operating system. Having the ability to communicate anywhere at any time in also increases productivity. My utilizing a MDM platform like MaaS 360, security is no longer a concern. Mobile Anti-Virus as well as blocking unauthorized applications or websites keep the devices, and your corporate data, secure. One of the most common concerns for users is the privacy of personal data. MaaS 360 can containerize private and corporate data – keeping one separate from the other. Your employer can monitor, wipe, or lock only the data within the corporate container, which is especially helpful if a device is lost or stolen, or if an employee leaves the organization.


Interested in learning more about BYOD or how MaaS 360 can benefit your business? Contact Centrality today!
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