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"Bring Your Own Device"

Personal devices in the office?

I manage a communications agency with 30 employees. Some employees have expressed a desire to use their own laptop for work. As an employer, what do I need to take into consideration?

This issue arises in many companies and reflects the fact that employees want to make their work environment as flexible as possible. It applies to everything from mobile offices to the use of private devices. Employees should be able to work from any location and on different devices. The fixed office is being replaced by the mobile office and boundaries between work life and leisure time are becoming less clear.

Two become one

This mixture is also reflected in the use of electronic devices. "Bring Your Own Device" or BYOD refers to the policy of permitting employees to use their own private mobile devices for their work. For employees, it means greater choice and flexibility as only one device is needed for both private and business use. Company data or the intranet can be accessed remotely. From the company's perspective, BYOD brings with it technical, conceptual and legal issues. In particular, IT managers are faced with the challenge of ensuring the secure interaction of existing infrastructure with private devices. After all, mixing private and business data is not without risk. The company's own IT infrastructure needs to specifically adapted to meet the new challenges.

Pay attention to security

Mobile security solutions supplied by providers can help achieve a balance between the company's security requirements and the use of mobile devices. These solutions carry out simple device management and provide secure access and data security. If an employee loses their device or leaves the company, business data can be selectively deleted at the touch of a button, or the company login can be disabled. This makes BYOD not only mobile and flexible, but also secure.

The desire to use private devices at work is not a fad, but a serious requirement for many employees. We advise businesses to consider these changing expectations at an early stage and make adjustments if necessary.  This not only results in a more modern infrastructure, but often also more motivated employees.