BYOD : an employer's perspective on “Bring Your Own Device”
TECHNOLOGY, INNOVATION, LAW AND TAX
By Harry Wall
What is BYOD?
BYOD stands for “Bring Your Own Device” and it relates to the practice of employees using personal mobile electronic devices for work purposes. Such devices include smartphones, tablets, laptops and data storage devices.
Increasing Trend of Employees using their own Devices for Work
The ubiquity of smartphones and tablets, increasing wireless network coverage, the proliferation of social applications and the availability of cloud computing has brought with it more ways in which to access data in the “Post-PC” era, resulting in a significant shift towards BYOD.
The practice of BYOD is in reality already prevalent in many organisations, whether employers are aware of it or not. A survey of UK based Chief Information Officers for example indicated that half of the surveyed business IT networks were compromised in a given year by employees using their personal devices at work. Only a portion of those businesses had a formal BYOD policy in place, meaning that the majority of employees in the surveyed organisations were connecting to the company network in an ad-hoc and unregulated manner.
What does BYOD mean for Employers?
BYOD brings with it a number of benefits. Employees express greater job satisfaction when permitted to use their own preferred devices in the course of their work. This in turn gives rise to improved employee productivity and user efficiency, and decreased IT costs through the avoidance of multiple devices.
BYOD does also raise a number of issues in an employment context. It is important that any organisation which has a BYOD programme in place, or is contemplating introducing BYOD, has a comprehensive policy in place governing how BYOD will operate. A BYOD policy should be regarded as a living document to be updated regularly to keep pace with developments. A cornerstone of any successful BYOD policy is that all parties understand their obligations, and organisations should accordingly take into account some or all of the following:
BYOD Bill of Rights
Employee engagement is key to acceptance and successful deployment of BYOD. The internet security company Webroot has drafted guidelines, dubbed a “BYOD Bill of Rights”, to aid companies and their employees resolve differences relating to the use of personal devices, and offer a broad template for organisations in terms of implementing an effective BYOD policy. The guidelines state that employees have the right to:
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