Mobile devices are a way of life, in both the consumer and business realms—and business interests must be protected where the two converge. The bring your own device (BYOD) approach, which allows employees to use their own mobile devices to perform company business, is accepted by a majority of organizations now. These companies have seen the benefits of cost savings, flexibility, and ease of use that BYOD provides.
Mobility in business terms means being able to get the job done and stay connected regardless of location, device, or time of day. However, the convenience of mobile computing also has a price tag in the form of added security management and the necessity of allowing IT control over devices to ensure that the business, its personnel, and its data remain protected. These details can be complicated—and the costs incalculable if they are not properly addressed.
This Mobile device computing policy from TechRepublic Premium provides guidelines for the safe and productive use of mobile devices (laptop computers, tablets, smartphones, etc.) by employees. It includes stipulations for company and employee-owned devices and requirements for users and requirements for IT departments responsible for supporting and administering mobile devices.