Remember the ‘Bring your own device’ movement? It wasn’t quite as big as the Climate Change movement, or grow-a-beard movement (thank you Hipsters), but it was nonetheless a movement—a trend where employees are allowed to bring their own laptops, desktops, smartphones and tablets to work instead of their employer buying those machines and maintaining the hardware and infrastructure to support them. Because most companies have moved to cloud-based systems, this strategy seemed like a no-brainer. Companies would save money, and employees could use the device of their choice.
But the movement is no longer.
According to a study by CompTIA, companies are ditching BYOD as their primary device usage model. In 2015, 53% of companies surveyed said they weren’t allowing BYOD – quite a rise from the 34% of 2013.
One of the biggest reasons for the move away from BYOD is that companies are struggling to adequately handle the legal and financial complexities of it, particularly in Europe. How is compensation calculated for example? Does the employee get paid a certain amount for using his own device?
The real issue with BYOD however is the enforceability of security policies. As an IT provider with 30 employees of our own, we know first-hand that keeping a BYOD fleet secure is nearly impossible.
Most devices contain or will give access to proprietary company information when connected to business networks and used for work. According to Gartner, one in four business users surveyed admit to having a security issue on their private device. And according to Osterman Research, 15 percent of employees believe they have “none to minimal” responsibility to protect corporate data stored on their personal device.
This is why BYOD is dead. It is simply too complicated and too risky. Enter CYOD: choose-your-own-device (CYOD). Under this scheme, employees are allowed to choose between pre-approved devices. The devices themselves are the property of the company however, giving the user choice without sacrificing security and control.
User choice is important because individuals are much more likely to be productive and effective on devices they know better. Plus they are happier working on a device they can navigate with ease, rather than one they have to learn.
Some IT managers provide Apple devices as an option as a matter of course to satisfy an entire generation that seemingly only use Macs. But whatever the platform, CYOD gives IT departments the opportunity to pre-install security software and set up administrator, firewall and network settings, in a way they weren’t able to do with BYOD. Companies are therefore better able to provide thorough support to employees and ensure better corporate security.
CYOD may be a temporary movement much like BYOD device was. Or it may just be the way the world will work for the foreseeable future given it is a sensible middle ground between dictating devices and BYOD. We think that CYOD will become increasingly standard practice for companies across London, the UK and the world, and that employees will come to expect it. So our advice? Get ready to offer CYOD.
Based in London, BTA is one of the leading IT providers in the UK, specialising in outsourced, and co-sourced IT management. With over 20 years’ experience in device procurement and corporate IT security, BTA is one of the most capable and experienced IT providers around, able to expertly help with your CYOD policy and any other IT needs your organisation may have.