BYOD: Efficiency and avoiding GDPR fines

Aug 02, 2017

EU General Data Protection Regulations comes into effect next year and organisations that are not prepared will risk a substantial fine if they suffer a data breach. While it's absolutely correct that organisations need to prepare for this regulation and that data security needs to get on to the boardroom agenda, there is also an equal risk of organisations simply locking everything down and causing a reduction in productivity as a result.

BYOD is possibly the expected norm for many employees so organisations need to consider this in terms of attracting and keeping them. Meanwhile, not having a BYOD policy doesn't necessarily stop people bringing personal devices to work, but it certainly does stop organisations from having any visibility of what's happening with the data on those devices. It can also be said the privacy of the staff also has to be considered. Organisations should not be scared of BYOD, there are many advantages once the right policy is in place.

Depending on the type of business and the specific roles of the employees, not all will be based at a desk every day. For those employees, being able to access business information on the move is simply a must of the job. It could be said that even those who are mostly behind a desk may still need to travel to a meeting or an alternative business roll to cover sickness or holiday's even staff shortages. Of course, if access has restrictions in place, this results in the business itself not being as productive as it could be but it also results in employees, who just want to get on with their jobs, being very frustrated and potentially move on where they can enjoy better job satisfaction. It's hard to think of a situation whereby an entire business would never need to access information on the go.