How To Manage BYOD In Office?
From $30 billion in 2014 to a target of $367 billion by 2022, BYOD market is growing tremendously and supposed to achieve it.
You would be surprised to know that 59% of the organizations have now allowed employees to work on their own device bringing it to the office. It is targeted to become 72% in a short period.
Why are most of the organizations relying on BYOD?
The main advantages of the concept of bringing one’s own device to the workplace are the reduced cost of networking and hardware. Cost cutting is an important factor in every business, either small or big.
The most impeccable benefit which the organization have been reaping is the increased productivity of the employees. More than half of the employees have shown another level of productivity and creativity around 34% while bringing their personal devices.
Moreover, the employees can access every application and software of their choice on their device. The problem of slow computer systems will be no more.
Let us know have a look at the ways and the tips which you can practice to manage the employees’ devices like a pro.
1. Enhancing data protection-
Data security is a must before allowing your workers to bring their own device to the workplace. Make sure you have protected your data, especially the sensitive data on an open network. Otherwise, you are inviting trouble for yourself.
How to do so?
For this, ask your network administrator to ensure the security of business data.
2. Encryption should be mandatory-
Encryption will protect your network and data from any malware. This becomes a must when the other networks are used by the non-company devices. The data can be anything, like from a data storage application needing a password to access. The main reason for encrypting the data is to save those passwords which the employees save on their device.
3. Network Security is the key-
You have secured the data. The next step is network security. Relying on the generic firewalls has become superannuated. You need to think of a dedicated solution to manage the non-company devices in Office.
The next step would be to lock your network to avoid security holes.
4. Anti-virus and anti-malware policy-
Make sure you put efforts to save your system and network from malware and viruses. The solution is including a responsible course of action in all BYOD policies.
You can mandate the use of company-approved anti-virus and anti-malware apps.
5. MAM (Mobile Apps Management)-
Here, being a network administrator, you would be able to keep a check on the applications, games and software running on your network.
You can also keep a check that the employees are not allowing a sniffer scanner or port affecting the network.
6. Amend security of your network-
It is more likely to happen that your WiFi network will be loaded when the employees will bring their tablets, laptops, or smartphones to the office. One way to avoid the slowed down connection is to increase the capacity of your network.
7. Make the usage of the devices specific-
Tablets, smartphones, and computers, that too non-company devices can worsen the situation complicated. To find the solution, you can specify the use of BYOD devices.
8. Employee agreement for phone wipe-
Authorizing a phone wipe is also an option which you can add. You can phone wipe if the device is stolen. This trait will allow you to delete the data in case the mobile or any of the device reaches wrong hands.
9. Keep it limited-
You can limit the support for certain devices as a part of BYOD. Brands, iterations, models, can be limited. Don’t waste time on handling all of them. It will become a mess. For example, you can allow the access to only laptops with some particular specifications.
All these steps if followed will definitely increase the security of the company and network. In addition to this, they will also assist you in making several things easy.