Do You Have A Mobile Device Policy for your Business?
TechTips October 2013
Do You Allow Employees To Use Their Own Devices For Work? The evolution of personal mobile devices, and their increasing importance to business success these days, are forcing many small business owners to make a choice-"Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) vs. "Corporate Owned, Personally Enabled" (COPE).
The Typical Solution- BYOD
According to the CDW 2012 Small Business Mobility Report, 89% of small business employees use their personal mobile devices for work. But the headache involved here is how do you support and secure all of these devices? The scary thing is that most small businesses don't even try! The CDW survey found that only 1 in 5 small businesses have deployed (or plan to deploy) any systems for managing and securing employees' personal devices.
The Alternative – Is COPE any Better?
A minority of small businesses has implemented a Corporate Owned, Personally Enabled ("COPE") policy instead. They buy their employees' mobile devices, secure them, and then let employees load additional personal applications that they want or need. And the employers control what types of apps can be added too. The "personally enabled" aspect of COPE allows employees to choose the company-approved device they prefer while permitting them to use it both personally and professionally. COPE is certainly more controlled and secure, but for a business with a limited budget, buying devices for everyone can add up pretty quickly. If you go the COPE route and are large enough to buy in volume, you can likely negotiate substantial discounts.
Security Concerns With BYOD
If you have client information that must be kept secure or other industry specific regulations regarding the security of client data, then COPE is likely your best approach. It takes out any gray area of whose is whose. Plus, there is a certain comfort level in being able to recover, or confiscate, any device for any reason at any time to protect your company without any worries of device ownership.
Which Mobile Device Policy is Right for Your Business? BEL Network Integration & Support can provide consultation services to help you decide!!
We'll match up your business objectives and your specific risk tolerance with what you want to enable your employees to do and how you want them to work.
We'll review your current mobile device policy to make sure you aren't missing CRITICAL "must-haves" on your list that could lead to big problems.
We'll review the "Locks on the Doors" of your devices. A written policy is not enough! We'll review the critical areas of your mobile device management system too often missed by small businesses.
To Secure Your FREE Mobile Device Policy Consultation call BEL Network Integration & Support: 804-796-2631
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