BYOD. CYOD. Either Way, Time to Secure Your IT

BYODDoes your office have BYOD (“bring your own device”) policy?

Or do you prefer to have your workers CYOD (“choose your own device”)?

The two sound the same, but there’s a fairly crucial difference. BYOD means a company allows workers to use technology – tablets, smartphones, or laptops – they brought from home. It can save an organization on hardware costs, and makes employees feel more comfortable. The downside, as Forbes noted last year, is that a BYOD fleet is much harder to secure.

In a CYOD office, workers need to pick from a list of preapproved devices, which makes them easier to secure. In either case, the security of your company’s data is key.

Forbes spoke to Justin Martin of the mobile security company Symantec, who offered three suggestions for workplaces:

  • Base your strategy and products on user empathy and productivity. “You will soon find where your company fits, in a CYOD or BYOD model.” From there, make sure everyone on your IT staff who deals with mobile issues understands what they are taking on.
  • Your team should not just include IT staff, but also members of the legal, HR, security and business teams. “All of these groups have a vested interest in the productivity and security of the mobile workspace,” Martin says.
  • No matter which model you pick, be sure to have a data loss prevention product in place to keep your IP and data from leaving your business space.

If your organization is considering establishing a BYOD/CYOD policy, you might also be preparing to get rid of some of your older IT assets. CWI can guide you through the process of selling your unwanted devices. We have more than 15 years of experience in asset recovery, and can make sure you get top dollar for the technology you’re giving up while also making sure your data stays where it belongs.

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