The bring your own device (BYOD) revolution, driven by the power of mobile devices and the consumerization of IT, has been avoided by many businesses due to purported security risks, incompatibility and other issues. However, not implementing a BYOD solution may be more risky for businesses than adopting one, for a variety of reasons.
According to Business 2 Community, there are a number of risks associated with dismissing BYOD outright, including missing out on productivity improvements and falling behind the competition when it comes to recruiting new talent. The risks significantly outweigh those of adopting BYOD, which can include unexpected costs and workplace confusion, as these two challenges can easily be overcome with proper planning and the right tools to keep BYOD secure and effective.
One of the biggest problems with avoiding BYOD is the fact that employees are likely to use their personal devices for work regardless of a company’s policies. By excluding personal devices, a business only decreases its ability to monitor and control the consumerization of IT. This is why it is crucial to invest in a high-quality BYOD strategy and the right tools to ensure data and system security. With the right tools, such as RDP-based access software and a strategy to ensure proper use, a business can implement BYOD easily, with full productivity and cost savings.
Today, many workers assume that a potential job will allow BYOD or search specifically for jobs that do, and with more and more individuals embracing mobility, it is important that businesses examine the trends of their target workforce and don’t deny potential employees benefits that they find to be important. By dismissing BYOD, a company could harm itself by eliminating a large portion of its talent pool, losing new hires to the competition.
Ultimately, according to the news source, regardless of if a business implements BYOD or not, it has to consider its data security. Keeping company data secure is a key part of operations, and with the right approach, BYOD is no less secure than other technology trends. With the perceived threats to security squashed, the benefits of adoption BYOD far outweigh the “risks,” and many companies could benefit significantly from opening their operations up to personal mobile device usage.
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