10 Best Practices for BYOD

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 05-08-2015 Email

There's little doubt that bring-your-own-device (BYOD) adoption has profoundly changed the enterprise. By 2017, one-half of organizations will no longer provide devices to their employees, according to industry research. Nine out of 10 employees already use their personal smartphones for work. Nearly six out of 10 IT decision makers believe they would be at a competitive disadvantage if they didn't embrace BYOD. This speaks to the ongoing evolution of how CIOs and tech teams perceive BYOD: At first, many in IT resisted it. Then, they accepted it as a necessary evil. Today, however, they appreciate its many benefits in creating a highly agile, mobility-driven, productive organization, and are more than willing to work with users to get the most out of BYOD while minimizing cyber-security risks. Toward that end, consider the following 10 best practices for BYOD. They cover usage policies, self-servicing, network impact and ROI tracking. In the best of possible worlds, such measures should create a transparent BYOD culture, one in which users won't be tempted to go around the tech department and deploy unapproved mobile devices and apps (i.e., shadow IT). Our best practices are adapted from recommendations posted by DPSciences and AVC.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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