Bring Your Own Device. This refers to staff using private machines in the workplace and for work. It refers mainly to laptops, mobiles, tablets and mobile storage devices such as USB sticks. We’ve written about it on our blog here and here.

The risks posed by a BYOD policy (or worse, it simply happening with no policy to support and protect the business or educational establishment involved) fall into several main areas:

  • malware that can be transmitted from the device to the company systems
  • security of data held or accessed on a private device, both in technical and human terms
  • ownership of the number associated with a device

If you allow/encourage/facilitate/suspect BYOD in your business, examine the issues and formulate a policy that addresses all the above issues.

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