Why BYOD policies are not a feasible option for small organizations

Why BYOD policies are not a feasible option for small organizations
The Siliconreview
17 October, 2019

BYOD can be adopted in organizations by mending the policies. The idea received backlash due to unnecessary security risks it holds like compliance, legal impact, and management decisions that every firm must deal with continuously. Moreover, BYOD is known to create a massive burden for IT employees, with no scope for cost savings. By connecting personal devices at work, the organization can encourage personal activities to be done due to company time. This will increase the wage and hour claims. BYOD policies will surrender all the control to the user, and the results of doing this were not bad.

One of the significant problems in BYOD is users with multiple devices because the IT professionals must support all the devices with a different OS, and this will give rise to compatibility issues. Hiring additional staff and deploying Mobile Device Management programs is not a scalable option for small enterprises because this will create a disruption in the organization structure. BYOD policies must comply with regulatory schemes, and having a legal hold on employee devices that are geographically dispersed is not a feasible move, and these devices hold critical evidence. Company-issued devices can be controlled, and certain terms can be dictated in terms of their use. But even now, it is still unclear if BYOD policies are cost-effective due to software licensing and bulk device purchases.