Create an effective BYOD policy
April 04, 2013
Beginning to use project management software in the cloud will help construction companies become more efficient throughout the construction process. But it's important for firms to keep that information protected, especially when allowing employees to use their personal devices for work purposes. However, not enough companies are enlisting in the proper protocol for ensuring the security of their most important information.
More firms need to have BYOD policies
According to recent research from market strategy consultancy iGR, 62 percent of small- to medium-sized businesses have a formal "bring your own device" (BYOD) policy, while 73 percent of employees said their company either has a set policy or an informal agreement governing how staff members can use their personal devices to complete business tasks. Having a policy set in place allows construction companies to delegate what is acceptable use, ensuring fewer security transgressions will occur.
"Rather than reaching saturation, our survey results show that the number of employees who bring their own devices has grown significantly since 2012," said Iain Gillott, president and founder of iGR, a market research consultancy focused on the wireless and mobile industry. "There continue to be opportunities for BYOD solutions and strategies in this market. We found that the BYOD trend is growing for tablets, as well as smartphones."
Build a policy that works for everyone
No two construction companies will be able to follow the same policy for BYOD, so it's important for executives to create some guidelines that will work for everyone at the business. An article for CIO magazine shared a list of tips for establishing a BYOD policy that will be beneficial to the whole team.
- Share a list of which devices employees should use, and the operating systems that will work best with the firm's virtual infrastructure.
- Clearly state if the device owner or the business is the owner of the data and apps used on the smartphone or tablet.
- Create a list of apps that employees can use, and ones that won't be allowed by the company.
- Set up a protocol workers can use if they decide to switch companies.
- Make sure all employees are aware of the Acceptable Use policy used by the company.
These are just a few things to consider when building the firm's BYOD policy that will make it easier to integrate the increasing use of smartphones and tablets.