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Many companies are finding they can save a lot of money by having employees bring in their own mobile devices instead of issuing them to workers. In fact, companies will soon start requiring employees to bring in their own devices.
As beneficial as those bring your own device (BYOD) programs can be, they also introduce some new risks for companies. Most importantly, having employees carry sensitive company data on their personal mobile devices can increase the risks of an information breach — for example if the employee loses the device or it’s stolen. Smartphones and tablets can also be infected with mobile malware that could lead to data being stolen by cyber criminals.
In addition, there are some tricky legal questions involved in BYOD — for example, does the company have a right to monitor how an employee uses a personal smartphone if it’s also a device used for work? What happens if a personal device is stolen and the company wants to wipe all of its data to avoid a security breach?
Many experts warn that companies have jumped on to the BYOD bandwagon before those questions have been answered and before they’re prepared to deal with the risks. Some observers have predicted that companies would change course on BYOD and begin issuing more company-owned devices to employees.
BYOD only growing
But that hasn’t been happening, according to a new report from Gartner. Companies are finding that BYOD is overall less expensive than providing devices for employees and will continue moving in that direction.
In fact, by 2017, Gartner predicts that almost half (45%) of organizations will stop issuing smartphones and tablets to employees and will rely solely on BYOD for mobile computing.
According to the report, company-provided devices cost an average of $600 per employee per year, making BYOD the more cost-effective option in most cases. In half of organizations, employees aren’t reimbursed at all if they use a personal device for work.
Most of the rest pay for some of the costs, while only 2% of organizations reimburse all of the costs of a personal device as part of their BYOD program.
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