Do Your Employees Use Their Own Devices or Do You Supply Them?
Personal mobile devices have been omnipresent throughout all sectors of business in the 21st century. Because of this, small business owners are increasingly being forced to choose between two basic scenarios for their employees’ devices: Bring Your Own Devices or Corporate-Owned, Personally Enabled.
BYOD (Bring Your Own Devices)
A recent survey by the CDW found that 89 percent of small business employees bring their own devices to the job. This certainly saves money, but it raises the following logistical issue: How can the company support and secure all of these independent devices?
Most of them do not even try to. The same CDW survey also revealed that only one in five businesses have any plans to secure all of their employee’s various devices.
COPE (Corporate Owned, Personally Enabled)
A small number of businesses have recently developed an alternative strategy. The COPE strategy involves business owners purchasing and securing the devices that their employees use. The company then allows employees to customize the devices with the applications that they need to perform their jobs.
This strategy certainly gives the company several advantages. The company owns these devices outright and can limit their employees’ access to apps that fall outside of the company’s interests. However, these devices can be quite costly, especially if they are being purchased one at a time for each employee. If you are going to go the COPE route, it is advisable to find a bulk deal.
If you are dealing with client information that absolutely must be kept secure, it is best to go the COPE route. It is better for the company to be able to confiscate and secure any devices that an employee may have willfully or inadvertently leaked information through. In this regard, the COPE system is far superior to BYOD.
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