Bring your own device to work: 3 tips for securing data

With more and more employees working remotely and using their own mobile devices to conduct company business, it’s vital that you protect sensitive information. Here are some safeguards.

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When you hire an employee, do you allow her to use her personal tablet or smartphone for work so she can stay connected to the office on the go?

If so, your company is part of the growing trend of BYOD, or bring your own device. Roughly nine in 10 businesses worldwide allow employees’ mobile devices to connect to corporate networks, according to a recent survey by Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group.

BYOD benefits businesses by allowing employees to work flexible hours, at home or on the road. Some businesses achieve that aim by issuing company-distributed mobile devices for work use, but I believe that practice will wane.

The millennial generation transforming the workforce is less tolerant of the notion of carrying two mobile devices and more comfortable and productive when using a single device for both personal and business communications.

Savvy organizations will embrace employees’ desire to work from their own devices, including allowing them to use Android, Apple, Windows or whatever mobile platform or operating system they choose.

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