The days in which employees only worked from 9-to-5 and had five-day workweeks are long gone. With the arrival of smartphones, tablets and other portable tech devices, employees are now more likely to take their work home — and work whenever and wherever they feel like it.
The increasing tendency to acquire cutting-edge devices for personal use has also caused a new phenomenon called “bring your own device (BYOD),” which occurs when individuals bring their own personal devices to work. Despite the benefits of BYOD, the fact that employees are being allowed to access work networks with their personal devices can represent a data security risk for businesses.
For business owners, however, the problem shouldn’t be whether or not staff members should be allowed to bring their devices to the workplace (the evidence says that they probably will either way). Rather, companies should create and implement a BYOD policy to protect their network and any sensitive information. This policy should involve all the strategies and routines associated with data security. The objective is to establish regulations and configuration settings to all laptops, smartphones, PDAs, tablets or any other mobile device capable of accessing a company’s network.
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