What Is BYOD And How Does It Work?

When you are dealing with computer security there are all sorts of different little acronyms that you are going to have to get used to. The world of computer security is no different than any other business that is out there. When time is of the essence then you will see businesses create shorter versions of the words that they use on a daily basis because it helps them do the job quicker. If you watch sports then you will see all sorts of different acronyms used every game. Not only does it help the time go by quicker but it also lets the viewer follow along easier. After they learn what the acronym means then they will be able to follow along and not have to say the whole word in their head and they will be able to keep up with the game.

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One acronym that you will see in computer security now that you didn’t see much of before is the letters BYOD. Those letters are important for the people who work at the company and the people who secure the network that is at the company. The letters stand for Bring Your Own Device. This means that the company allows their employees to bring their own devices to work.

Now you might be thinking, if you have never worked in a corporation before, what are the alternatives. Well to make sure that safety of the network is a top priority, there are a lot of companies that have a policy of giving their employees mobile devices. They will give the employees the devices with the express instructions that they can only be used for work. This may include laptops, cell phones, tablets, and other mobile devices that an employee might want to use while they are on the go.

Bring Your Own Device is the opposite of that. There are a lot of employees who have grown attached to their devices and they want to be able to use them for work and for when they are off the clock. And it makes sense. The devices that the average person can purchase are more than powerful enough to get the job done and the best part about it is that they get to choose devices. And also the company is able to save money off of the budget. But when you decide to do business that way, there is another factor that you have to worry about. And that is keeping all of those different types of devices secure on the company network.

You have to be able to make sure your network is secure above everything else. A lot of businesses these days are based on information and if anyone is able to get the information off of the servers in your business then you might be really screwed. When you are dealing with so many different devices there are several ways to keep your network safe. They might just take a little bit more work than it normally would with everyone having the same device.

First of all set up two different networks. One of the networks is for the really sensitive information that can only be accessed by certain people and the other which can be accessed by everyone. This will create a natural firewall that will help keep your data safe. Also make sure that the resources are limited in what they can access. Even though they are on a separate network you do not want to give them too much power. And lastly make sure you buy the proper equipment to get the job done.

BYOD can be done and your employees will end up a lot happier.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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