Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is an intelligent concept that enables the industries to capitalize on the current mobile trends of employees. Today, all smart phone users are familiar with mobile apps. Business owners too have realized the benevolence of adding mobility to their businesses. Mobile app developers
on the other hand are involved in developing innovative enterprise mobile applications that could be used in various industries. Experts predict that BYOD would soon become a qualification for employment. However, at its current stage, there are several issues to be addressed.
Loss of mobile device
If a BYOD employee loses his mobile device, there is a possibility of the company’s crucial information getting into the wrong hands. Vital company information in the wrong hands can end up disastrous. Mobile Device Management (MDM) system that is capable of wiping out the crucial data in the lost mobile device is the right solution for this issue.
When employees are allowed to use their personal mobile devices to accomplish official tasks, there is a high chance of misusing the privilege. For instance, people often spend considerable amount of time in social networks and playing enticing games, such as angry birds. This could defeat the purpose of implementing BYOD. One possible solution for this issue is blacklisting the time waster apps and implementing company’s BYOD policies strictly on the employees’ mobile devices.
Employee quits the company
For instance, if a BYOD employee leaves the company, all of the vital data including email ids of client
and company’s secret strategies and techniques might still be present in the mobile device. It is not pragmatic to request the ex-employee to submit his personal mobile device for scrutiny or wipe out the details remotely without the consent of the ex-employee. Any such thing will end up in legal issues and often in favor of the ex-employee. The only way to protect the company’s vital data is ensuring that employees agree to the BYOD policies during implementation or at the time of joining duty.
Data loss during transmission
BYOD employees use various free mobile applications to communicate and collaborate with fellow employees. It is not fair to expect free services to encrypt data, and there is a possibility of vital data being viewed by hackers and cyber criminals. When free emails and cloud storage are used by the employees, it would become difficult for the company to keep track or safeguard its data. The best solution for this would be integrating private communication facilities and cloud
storage in the enterprise mobile application.
BYOD is indeed a benevolent concept that could increase productivity and reduce investments for businesses
. Employees on the other hand will be able to reduce the gap between personal tasks and the official ones. However, it requires quite an amount of work to successfully implement the concept in full. Although companies are yet to find apt solutions for many issues concerned with BYOD implementation, ways to address all of them are being probed seriously. BYOD, which is at present implemented as an option to the employees, will soon become an essential qualification for employment in the industry.
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