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Disadvantages of Working in BYOD Environment

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Disadvantages of Working in BYOD Environment

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Even as ‘bring your own devices’ (BYOD) workplace affords some benefits to organizations, there are some problem areas which need to be addressed.  

There is a possibility of staff exploiting the BYOD environment by going for upgraded phones or signing up for maximum data plans. After all, these expenses have to be borne by the employers.

In a BYOD environment, companies allow staff to access data on the devices they choose. But BYOD policies of some companies is not compliant with data privacy policies, such as theHealth Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), theFair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Safe Harbour framework, etc.

If companies fail to comply with federal policies, it could land them in serious trouble. Besides being fined, they could be penalized criminally too.

A BYOD workplace is being embraced by companies with an effort to make staff more comfortable, leading to higher productivity. It would also give them flexibility of working from any location at any time and on any device of their choice. Some companies, however, see some employees misusing their devices to play games or to access sites not related to their work. Consequently, some apps have had to be added to the BYOD blacklist.

There is a possibility of a company’s confidential information making its way into cloud services, which makes it accessible to consumers.  

If employees take snaps of screenshots of confidential documents and share it with others, the company could find itself is in deep trouble. Confidential corporate information can more often than not make its way in consumer cloud offerings.

Smartphones used in the BYOD landscape can, at times, cost companies more money than the phones issued to employees in a traditional workplace.

Most organizations have rotten apples, who could sell their company’s confidential data to a competitor. They share the information in a manner which cannot be monitored.

When BYOD was in its nascent stages, companies would erase data remotely if a smartphone was lost. But people misplace their phones at times, so it could lead to problems if critical data is wiped off.

The legal team has to ensure that managers are properly trained on the BYOD user policy. No details can be afforded to be given a miss.

BYOD has worked well for certain companies, but the problems arise for them when they are calculating payments for people working on an hourly basis.

Most employees may feel that their companies are not honoring the BYOD privacy policy. This has caused trust deficit to increase between companies and their employees. 

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Published at DZone with permission of Ravi Namboori. See the original article here.

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