Contact us today!
(808) 529-4605

Indevtech Blog

Indevtech has been serving the Honolulu area since 2001, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Are You Prepared for Employees to Bring Their Own Devices?

Are You Prepared for Employees to Bring Their Own Devices?

Bring Your Own Device policies have helped many companies save money on technology by allowing employees to use their own devices, rather than taking on the cost of providing devices. However, as much as a BYOD approach can help a business financially, there are some potential drawbacks to adopting one that you should be prepared to deal with.

Managing These Mobile Devices
Whenever there is a Bring Your Own Device strategy enacted, there needs to be Mobile Device Management in action as well. Your MDM software also needs to be monitored, as this will inform you if someone without the proper authorization is accessing data that they shouldn’t be.

However, sufficient monitoring is a time-intensive task. It is even possible that it would require you to add an additional employee to properly make use of your MDM software. Before you commit to these measures, which are a must for successfully implementing BYOD, make sure you have (or can obtain) the resources to run them.

One great solution to mitigate your organization’s overall BYOD costs is the built-in automation that many of today’s Mobile Device Management platforms offer. This automation can be customized and run to allow your technicians to focus on the core aspects of your business’ technology rather than spend all of their time, and your money, monitoring employee smartphones.

Streamlining For Support
A major advantage to providing employees with work devices is the control you have over the devices you provide. By selecting a specific model for your employees to use, you can standardize your systems that much more, and make your IT administrator’s job that much easier. By reducing the variety of devices they need to be familiar with, IT can service them more quickly and effectively.

This can be a drawback to BYOD, as it makes support a more arduous task and--as a result--more costly. With a variety of devices and their specific issues, it becomes a more time-intensive task to identify and resolve any problems. Taking this into account, it may be a more cost-effective option to invest in standardized mobile devices for your company to use, rather than try to manage the variety of devices your workforce likely uses based on personal preference. This is a variable that you will need to consider based on your specific circumstances and abilities. Do you finance devices for your staff? Or, manage the varying devices your staff will bring?

Leaving Yourself Vulnerable
Not all devices are equally suited for use in a BYOD strategy--sometimes, a new feature can lead to a pretty severe vulnerability. Take, for example, any device with iOS 11 installed. Despite having switches in its control center to activate and deactivate Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, these switches don’t actually deactivate their connection. This leaves these devices vulnerable, and if they were a part of a BYOD implementation, your business becomes vulnerable, as well.

Wasted Resources
Often, the question isn’t if BYOD makes sense, it’s if BYOD makes sense for a particular employee to have access to. Some companies will reimburse their staff for the personal data that they use. However, if an employee’s responsibilities don’t really require the use of a mobile device, having them involved in a BYOD strategy is akin to paying for their personal use of the device; and, can hinder their overall productivity.

Don’t get us wrong--BYOD can be a great benefit to your business and its bottom line. You just shouldn’t dive in without considering the potential downsides and planning how you will go about solving these problems. The IT professionals at Indevtech can help. To learn more, call us today at (808) 529-4605.

Sign Up For Our Newsletter

  • Company Name *
  • First Name *
  • Last Name *

      Request a Consultation

      Request a
      Network Consultation

      How secure is your IT infrastructure?
      Let us evaluate it for you!

      Contact Us!

      Free Consultation

      Tag Cloud

      Security Tip of the Week Privacy Technology Best Practices Cloud Business Computing Hackers Google Software Backup Windows 10 Microsoft Malware Smartphones Network Security Email Productivity Innovation Hosted Solutions Efficiency Mobile Devices Disaster Recovery Browser Ransomware Business Internet User Tips Android Data Business Continuity Hardware Computer Office VoIP Alert Cybercrime Miscellaneous Business Management Telephone Systems Managed IT Services Smartphone Windows Chrome Automation Computers Virtualization Outsourced IT Upgrade Small Business Quick Tips Health Law Enforcement Collaboration Productivity Social Engineering communications App Data Backup Cloud Computing Money Office Tips How To Save Money Social Media IT Services Server Workplace Tips Wi-Fi Bring Your Own Device Mobile Device Management History Remote Computing Passwords Spam Two-factor Authentication Operating System Managed IT Services Network Cybersecurity Password Facebook Work/Life Balance Gmail Flexibility Office 365 Apps Marketing Data Security Communication Data Recovery Router Application Holiday Hacking Data Management Vulnerability VPN Bandwidth Safety Artificial Intelligence Managed Service Provider Google Drive Data Breach Phishing Private Cloud Recovery Internet of Things HaaS Windows 10 Downtime Microsoft Office Unsupported Software IT Support Settings OneNote Data storage Redundancy BDR Big Data Mobility PDF Electronic Medical Records Charger Retail BYOD Internet Exlporer Legal Battery Entertainment Avoiding Downtime Best Practice Comparison Networking Spam Blocking Hiring/Firing Patch Management CES Meetings Remote Monitoring Business Intelligence Scam eWaste Update Physical Security Gadgets End of Support Mouse Keyboard Robot The Internet of Things User Error Data Storage Data Protection DDoS Word Employer-Employee Relationship Black Market Wearable Technology IT Management Budget Encryption IT Plan Government Public Cloud Training Notifications Running Cable Voice over Internet Protocol Shortcut Flash Supercomputer Troubleshooting Tech Support Credit Cards Password Manager Botnet Conferencing Fax Server Hybrid Cloud Vendor Management Multi-Factor Security Software Tips Apple Shadow IT Fraud Business Mangement Streaming Media Travel Emails Mobile Computing Monitor Content Trending Sync Current Events iPhone Books Amazon Recycling People Root Cause Analysis Information Technology Save Time SaaS Reputation Audiobook Amazon Web Services Knowledge Social Emergency Mobile Device Going Green Education Criminal Mobile Office Biometrics Programming HBO Customers Specifications Online Shopping Telephony Network Congestion Windows 10s Files Sports Video Games Laptop Computing Infrastructure Netflix Data loss Wireless Employer Employee Relationship Outlook Assessment Risk Management Evernote Skype IT Consultant Social Networking Scalability Touchpad Applications Content Management IT Support Screen Mirroring Computer Accessories IT solutions Frequently Asked Questions Television Politics Millennials Wireless Charging Start Menu Samsung Solid State Drive Transportation YouTube Instant Messaging Users Blockchain Environment Computer Care Cast Bluetooth Excel Public Computer Workforce Cortana Tools Leadership Audit Internet exploMicrosoft Benefits Virtual Reality HIPAA Lithium-ion battery Maintenance Tip of the week Relocation Experience Telecommuting Google Apps Computer Fan Advertising Firewall NarrowBand Worker Worker Commute Human Resources Google Docs Techology Windows Server 2008 Automobile Humor Music Digital Signature Uninterrupted Power Supply Remote Work Search Workers Distributed Denial of Service Value Customer Relationship Management FENG Smart Technology Wireless Technology Rootkit Staff Website Windows 7 IBM USB Accountants Cleaning Identity Theft How to Infrastructure Managed IT webinar Customer Service Two Factor Authentication Chromecast CrashOverride Webinar IT solutions Thank You WiFi Congratulations Saving Money