IT | Security

8 Steps to Catch Up with BYOD

By: Absolute Editorial Team | 6/10/2013

We've seen many studies showing the current adoption rates of BYOD and the expected growth in this sector, while other companies will begin mixing CoPE options into their policies as well. Given the liability and management issues of pure-BYOD, many companies are finding that CoPE (corporately-owned-personally-enabled) is more manageable and desirable from a corporate perspective.

Whether you choose to adopt a CoPE strategy or not, the reality is that your organization will probably have a mix of both BYOD, CoPE and possible also strictly corporate-owned. The vast majority of companies already offer employees the ability to use personal mobile devices for work, though only a fraction of those have set up a proper policy for such use.

InformationWeek recently published their own best practices guide to help companies catch up to BYOD. The 10-step program looks at topics such as:

  • responsibility for the mobile security policy
  • understanding your mobility challenges, setting up a plan and a policy to address them
  • understanding user needs
  • setting limits for BYOD options
  • mobile security, from passwords to theft
  • the importance of MDM systems
  • communication and training
  • how to 'sell' a BYOD program internally
Many great discussion points leading to further reading on many topics are available in this guide.

At Absolute Software, we think you should shape your BYOD policy around your data, not around your device or even around the type of mobile program you employ. For more on creating an efficient BYOD policy, read our guide on How to Implement a BYOD Policy in 3 Simple Steps.