BYOD is becoming extremely popular in today’s workforce. According to IT research firm Gartner, by the year 2018 70% of mobile professionals will handle their work using personal smartphones. There are some key benefits of BYOD policies: companies spend less money on computer equipment and workers are free to work in more places than ever before. There are also some challenges of nonstandard communication links with BYOD that must be understood and overcome by organizations that want to implement these kinds of policies successfully.
One of the biggest challenges of using a BYOD policy in the workplace is coming up with a comprehensive security policy that can keep devices safe, especially when considering nonstandard devices that may not have the same security measures in place as normal devices. Ellyne Phneah at ZDNet writes that some of the BYOD security challenges involve lost or stolen mobile devices and unauthorized access of company data by third-party applications. To overcome these kinds of challenges of nonstandard communication links with BYOD, it is important that companies have a security policy that prevents against these types of risks, such as a comprehensive software suite that can separate company data from personal data on a user’s device. Often, these security tools can be used to remotely lock a device that is lost and then wipe all of the phone’s information if it cannot be recovered.
Picking The Right Platform
When you are going to be integrating a BYOD policy into your workplace, it is important that you are using the right kind of technological platform so that all of your devices are properly compatible with each other. This is one of the most difficult challenges of nonstandard communication links with BYOD. Are your nonstandard employee devices going to be able to access company servers? Will they be compatible with the collaboration or ERP software that you are currently using? To answer these types of questions, it may be necessary to bring in a specialist or an outside IT consulting firm that can help you ensure that all of your devices are compatible and will not cause any issues for your network in terms of compatibility.
Maintaining Compliance With Telehealth Regulations
Despite the security risks that are involved when BYOD policies are used in healthcare, it is still extremely popular with healthcare professionals. In a recent article in Healthcare IT News, it was reported that 9 out of every 10 Americans employed in healthcare use personal smartphones for work. Mike Lovett, executive VP of NextGen Healthcare, advises healthcare organizations that are looking to implement BYOD to ensure that they are using devices appropriate for the tasks that are being completed and create boundaries so that devices are not used in ways that could cause security risks for the organization.
These are three of the biggest challenges of nonstandard communication links with BYOD, however there are plenty of other obstacles that organizations looking to implement BYOD successfully will face. Make sure that you think carefully about how your organization will implement BYOD in a way that is safe, effective, and meets all of the standards put in place that govern your industry.
About Bob Higginbotham
Bob Higginbotham, CTS-I, CTS-D, is the Avidex National Manager of Healthcare AV. Bob has spent his 30 year career in leadership positions in the AV industry including extensive design and build work in healthcare facilities. He owned and operated a successful AV business in Texas with multiple offices in several cities where he managed a staff of over 100 employees. Bob has served as a technical consultant for a major AV manufacturer, led the technical sales team for a national video conferencing provider and provided technology auditing services for several private education facilities. He has a unique working knowledge of audiovisual technology as well as multiple certifications in audio engineering, acoustics, AV design, CQT system commissioning and video transmission systems. Bob holds a BA in communications and has recently served as board chair for a large private school. He brings his years of technical knowledge and leadership experience to Avidex where he leads the national healthcare AV team. Contact Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org