Most companies allow their workers to spend some time each day browsing the Internet or keeping up with their personal email. Recently, the rise of the mobile office environment has caused some companies to hire IT consulting to create the type of program that allows employees to bring their own device into work and use that to connect to the Internet for personal matters.
In exchange for allowing people to use the company network for Internet browsing, many companies in Canada are learning how to administer the phones or tablets that employees bring in to use.
Here are some steps that you can take in order create an effective ‘bring your own device’ program at your company:
Don’t be afraid of IT consultants
While it is true that IT support services are a cost center that should always be validated as necessary, once you have determined that there is something that you need, relying on consultants to help you is something that can make your company stronger. Using IT consultants to create a ‘BYOD’ program makes sense because they should be able offer means-based commentary that validates the direction that they decide will match your requirements.
Include employees in requirements gathering
Most employees know the type of convenience that they are looking for when they are at work. Because creating a ‘BYOD’ program will require some loss of data privacy on their part, it is a good idea to bring them into the planning process so that they can help you define specifically what you are looking for.
Off the shelf does not mean inferior
If your requirements match an IT administration application that is pre-built, keep it in consideration because part of the value of a pre-built solution is that the company that created it committed to keeping it up-to-date with a variety of mobile devices. Over time you will save a lot of money in development costs if someone else is doing the application maintenance.
Do insist on end-to-end security
Most security software companies that cover mobile devices spend a lot of time ensuring that the end-to-end experience for their users is risk-free. They wouldn’t use that much development time if it weren’t one of the most important parts of programs like ‘BYOD’. In order to implement end-to-end security on ‘BYOD’ devices, you will likely need to also ensure that your workers have signed an agreement that allows your IT support services to have security control of their device while they are using it.
Allowing workers to bring their own device to your company can be a good way to lower the risk of security breaches for your in-house computing devices. And while some of that risk moves to your network, using full end-to-end security should keep your infrastructure and your employee’s devices free from deleterious effects.