Writing BYOD Rules

Enterprise mobility has been one of the most transformative trends to hit the private and public sectors in history, with some analysts arguing that it is even more revolutionary than the birth of the personal computer. BYOD has been the most common approach to mobility among businesses thus far and, while it comes with significant advantages, it can quickly put a company at risk if not properly managed.

Teo Technologies recently published an infographic that listed several suggestions for business leaders who want to create a framework of policies, rules and guidelines that employees will more commonly follow. After all, optimal oversight frameworks will tend to yield the most positive outcomes in practice with BYOD management.

The first step is to acquire employee buy-in on a large scale, getting the opinions and preferences of staff members who will be participating before finalizing the policies.

Then, remember that simplicity is king in these programs, as employee error and negligence are two of the more common causes of data breach today. Furthermore, overly restrictive or complex policies have been found to catalyze rogue IT, which could spell disaster for information governance and network protection performances.

Containerization has been growing in popularity as well amid the spread of BYOD policies, and will essentially separate personal and corporate data and apps within a single device for maximum employee privacy and business security.

Business leaders will also need to communicate the benefits of following the policies, such as ensuring the best performance among all employees and the integrity of the company itself.

Finally, and maybe most importantly, managers should ensure that these policies are as clear and straightforward as possible, published on platforms that are easily reached by employees.

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