in StemSocial9 months ago


We are finally picking up the BYOD series where we left off. Got sidetracked there for a while during some transition between blogs and with the ITSM Rhino site pre-launch. To recap, here is a list of the previous posts in order:

Now that we have the intro and apologies out of the way, let's get on with it.

The Risks vs. Reward

Like any technological innovation, BYOD and the cultural and behavioral practices that go with it offer both risk and reward.

Even though 74% of businesses are adopting BYOD to some extent, not everyone is jumping in. Some are opposed because they see no need, while others are opposed due to security concerns.

The Main Obstacles to Adopting BYOD:

  • Data security risks
  • Privacy concerns
  • Legal ramifications
  • Hidden costs
  • Compliance issues

Others are still evaluating the opportunities, benefits, and risks and, wisely, do not want to make a hasty decision. The specific risks to your business and employees who use their own devices will vary depending on the depth and breadth of the adoption. There are some universal risks of which you should be aware:

Integrating Devices and Interests

Suppose your employees use a personal device for work. In that case, it must be integrated into the business network. It also must be capable of connecting to the devices of colleagues. Business data must also be partitioned to keep personal data separate from work data. If your mobile device is hacked, your data could be stolen, deleted, or corrupted.

Loss of Time or Productivity

An employee who doesn't have access to a device or data will not produce quality work. Employees may also spend too much time using their devices for personal purposes.

That’s it for now, my next post will be on legal stuff related to BYOD. Let me know what you think?

I only hit on three risks so feel free to share some of the others you can think of here in the comments. Would love to hear from you.


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I am particularly concerned about the security risk of BYOD in this era where the tiniest of loopholes can be taken by the bad guys. Also, what could be the hidden cost of BYOD? Unless you are saying that companies would be the ones buying and gifting the device.

You have a valid concern and is why many cybersecurity folks have issue with BYOD.

The cost to the company is little because the employee is providing the device. That said in cases such as smartphones, where a company has a BYOD policy in place, most times it is assumed the employee already has their own device and if not the company usually provides them one if it is required.