Bring your own device (BYOD) to work is becoming increasingly popular among businesses. So, what are the risks? Are the benefits worth making your network vulnerable? That’s what we’re going to dig into with this short blog series. This is the first of four articles on BYOD.
What is BYOD exactly?
BYOD is defined as the consumerization of IT where employees are bringing in their personal devices, such as iPads and smartphones, to work and onto your network.
Today’s technology changes in the blink of an eye. Did you know that the first iPad was only released in April of 2010? The first IBM PC was only released in 1981. Look how far we’ve come in such a short time and it only continues to change more rapidly.
With the new release of an upgraded products so frequently, tasks become more and more efficient. You can now check your email in a single touch with your iPad, smartphone, or other device. This makes everyday tasks of employees more and more easy… if you have the right device. Since these fancy new devices aren’t exactly what one would call cheap, employees are purchasing them for personal use and bringing them to work. With more devices comes more access points for threats.
Employees don’t just work Monday-Friday 9-5 anymore either. They need access to their work materials 24 hours a day to check email and complete other tasks. That means they’re likely accessing your network in one way or another from other personal devices such as a home computer or laptop. This, again, opens your network to more threats.
Many companies are experiencing BYOD in one way or another. Stay tuned to our blog for the next article on Pros and Cons of BYOD. Read the next BYOD blog http://www.bennettoffice.com/pros-and-cons-of-byod-2-of-4/ and add our blog to your RSS reader here.