More employers are adopting the concept of "bring your own device" (BYOD) to work. The concept has seemed to work and is expected to be a trend that will be around for a while. However, there are some ways to update the trend to avoid making costly mistakes within your organization. Here are some of the top BYOD employee mistakes that cost employers time and money:
1. Employees Don't Report Security Problems
When your device isn't working properly, do you report it to IT? According to statistics, only 27 percent actually ever bother reporting the problem to IT. This perpetuates the problem. By the time it's addressed, it may be time to get a new device or it has irreparably harmed the network. Employees should always report BYOD security breaches to avoid bigger problems that may compromise company data.
2. Employees Use Unsecured Networks
Many employees use unsecured networks at coffee houses and in other public places. While more than 95 percent of workers use company devices on public WiFi networks, it's not recommended. These networks often make devices more vulnerable to viruses and major security breaches, and this is not recommended.
3. Failure to Develop an Awareness of Protection Policies
Every employee should know their BYOD policy and the minimum criteria for all on-premise devices. Your organization will probably have a way to check all non-compliant devices. If they are not checked on a regular basis, they will be more vulnerable to security breaches.
4. Not Knowing Which Apps Are Recommended
Not all employees use apps that are secure. Some apps contain malicious viruses designed to steal data. You should know which apps your employer approves to avoid downloading apps that are banned or restricted. This will help you avoid unintentionally harming your company.
5. Failure to Comply With Mobile Device Management (MDM)
If your employer has a mobile device management program, you should enroll. This will help remote workers manage their devices and achieve good service quality. Without a mobile device program, it can create major problems for the IT department. Find out about your mobile device management policy to determine how to remain compliant with the organization's policy.
Be Aware of the Top Employee BYOD Mistakes and Avoid Them
The first step to avoiding major problems is to know what the problems may be. This is not always easy, but asking questions could help you avoid the most common mistakes. More companies are becoming aware of the role they have in educating their employees in the BYOD program. The responsibility is not entirely the employees, but they can do a considerable amount to help avoid mistakes. Contact your company's IT department and find out how you can avoid making mistakes that may harm your company.