When drafting a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy, you might be tempted to cut and paste from a template you find online. However, BYOD policies aren't one size fits all. You should think of BYOD policy templates as the starting point for your creation process.These are four of my go-to BYOD policy templates that I think serve as good supplementary materials.
- White House Bring Your Own Device Toolkit: The White House has a rather complete BYOD toolkit online that was developed in support of federal agencies implementing a BYOD program. Highlights of the toolkit include case studies and example policies. Templates can be a better starting point because they come from the enterprise, not some pundit or analyst's desk.
- Zenprise BYOD Policy Template: While you have to fork over some information to Zenprise to download this policy template, it's well worth your time (even with the inevitable contact from the Zenprise sales team). This leader in the consumerization of IT's policy should be mandatory reading for any company that plans to author its own BYOD policy. I even like it for educating managers about BYOD policy guidelines.
- IT Manager BYOD Policy Template: IT Manager Daily published this basic template by Megan Berry. She does a good job of breaking down and explaining the critical parts of a BYOD policy.
- BYOD policies for school systems: Capital Area Intermediate Unit, an education service agency in Pennsylvania, has collected a number of school BYOD policies on their wiki. Even if you aren't writing a BYOD policy for a school system, it can still be beneficial to see how a particular segment has to accommodate requirements in their policies.
Ongoing management of your BYOD policy
It's important to stay informed of what others in your industry are doing for BYOD policy by reviewing templates and industry studies. Industry changes to BYOD policy can mean it is time to revise your own policy, solicit internal feedback/comments, and publish a new version, much the same way that technological or business changes internally might dictate such a move.
Additional BYOD resources
- BYOD and the Consumerization of IT (TechRepublic and ZDNet special feature)
- The Executive's Guide to BYOD and the Consumerization of IT (TechRepublic)
- Three BYOD policies for keeping workers (and IT) happy (TechRepublic)
- Four worst mistakes you can make with a BYOD policy (TechRepublic)
- SANS Survey on Mobility/BYOD Security Policies and Practices (PDF)
Will Kelly is a freelance technical writer and analyst currently focusing on enterprise mobility, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), and the consumerization of IT. He has also written about cloud computing, Big Data, virtualization, project management applications, Google Apps, Microsoft technologies, and online collaboration for TechRepublic and other sites. Will also works as a contract technical writer for clients in the Washington, DC area and nationwide. Follow Will on Twitter: @willkelly.