BYOD Brings BYON Concerns
BYOD, short for bring your own device, is the latest industry buzzword and while most employees are loving it, some in the IT world are cringing.
It’s not just the BYOD—with BYOD comes BYON, or bring your own network. With employees using their personal devices for both business and pleasure, there’s no longer one network by which IT personnel can control.
Many IT departments can barely keep up with BYOD as it is—many are unsure of simple security features such as remotely wiping smart phones. However, with BYON, the variety of different networks is not only problematic for IT, but also for other staff. Aside from security issues, BYON can leave employees with excessively high roaming charges if they’re not cautious.
In order to combat some of the effects of BYOD, such as security breaches and data loss, passwords and remote wipe features should be requirements. Workers should be encouraged to use Wi-Fi whenever possible, but some companies may want to look into a global Wi-Fi plan.
While BYOD and BYON are still relatively new, companies need to carefully weigh the pros of mobility vs. the cons, such as security issues and roaming fees, when making their decisions on the mobile workforce.