The Pros And Cons Of Letting Your Employees Use Their Personal Devices At Work

The Pros And Cons Of Letting Your Employees Use Their Personal Devices At Work
From catching up on emails on your laptop on the train, to having a conference call during a drive, many businesses are performing their work on the go, thanks to personal devices. These systems are allowing businesses to be efficient while on the move and are boosting productivity globally. However how safe is the data shared when using personal devices?

Reports reveal that almost half of all those working for a SME now use a personal device such as a mobile or tablet for work purposes. Therefore, it is essential that the information sent and stored on these devices is protected from hackers. Employees should be aware of the risks involved when connecting to insecure networks, as how sensitive information, usernames and passwords can be stolen.

What Can Businesses Do?

Businesses should encourage the use of personal devices, as they host many benefits including familiarity of use, increased efficiency and ability to work on the go. However, a plan needs to be put in place to ensure that they are being used safely and securely and that business data isn’t being compromised.

Firstly, businesses need to consider the level of damage that could be caused should they face a data breach or hack. From there they can consider the level of security and cyber insurance needed to keep them protected.

Businesses should also educate their employees on the risks involved in using personal devices for work purposes. This may result in some employees choosing not to use their device, which will alleviate the risk of hacking to personal devices. This may however reduce on the go workload efficiency so important to review how your business operates.

The final suggestion from the Information Commissioners Office is to regulate the data being shared on personal devices so that the most critical data stays within the business.

For more information on business data security and how to minimise the chance of hacking, take a look at our blog. To protect your business with cyber insurance, get a free quote here.

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