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BYOD (bring your own device)

Contributor(s): Ivy Wigmore

BYOD (bring your own device) is the increasing trend toward employee-owned devices within a business. Smartphones are the most common example but employees also take their own tablets, laptops and USB drives into the workplace.

BYOD is part of the larger trend of IT consumerization, in which consumer software and hardware are being brought into the enterprise. BYOT (bring your own technology) refers to the use of consumer devices and applications in the workplace. More specific variations on the term include bring your own computer (BYOC), bring your own laptop (BYOL), bring your own apps (BYOA) and bring your own PC (BYOPC).

Employee-owned devices are sometimes sanctioned by the company and supported alongside devices that are owned by the business. In other cases, employee-owned devices are part of the parallel system known as shadow IT: hardware or software within an enterprise that is not supported by the organization’s central IT department.

Whether employee-owned hardware and software are supported or not, they pose security risks to the organization if they connect to the corporate network or access corporate data. To minimize the risk and accommodate consumer technologies, many businesses are implementing BYOD policies.

This was last updated in October 2012

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BYOD is not a threat anymore. Employee could use Remote access VPN ( http://www.purevpn.com/blog/secure-remote-access-vpn/ ) to secure their internet connection and personal data
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Great explanation. Our employees also use their private mobile devices and we have created the EMM software from apptec360 (www.apptec360.com) and are on the safe side. The BYOD solution will find its place in most companies in the near future.
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Hi Johns,

we share the same opinion! I am also convinced that more and more companies will introduce BYOD software in the future. Apptec's solution is a good decision because it is easy to use and has good features.
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