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BYOD policy

This definition is part of our Essential Guide: Mobile device policy guide: How BYOD policies help IT manage devices
Contributor(s): Colin Steele

A BYOD policy, or bring-your-own-device policy, is a set of rules governing a corporate IT department’s level of support for employee-owned PCs, smartphones and tablets.

A BYOD policy can take many different forms. Some organizations cut back on corporate-issued PCs and laptops, instead giving employees a stipend to purchase and maintain technology equipment of their choosing. More commonly, however, organizations will agree to support personal mobile devices -- at least to some degree -- in addition to corporate-issued equipment. The rules in a BYOD policy often vary depending on a user’s role in the organization, his or her specific device, application requirements and other factors.

The consumerization of IT has highlighted the need for bring-your-own-device policy development. Employees use their own PCs and mobile devices for business tasks whether their IT departments support them or not, and a BYOD policy can help control this usage and mitigate its security risks.

This was last updated in December 2011

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There are also distinct risks of use that must be accounted for when making a BYOD policy. This includes, but is not limited to the blend of personal and business data, shared use, disposal and even injury.
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Thanks for the article Margaret. This is mostly common sense, but you put it in terms and a perspective that's more valuable than just saying "Create an IT and BYOD policy to make sure everyone knows what is expected." While that is ultimately the case, a policy also allows IT and users to communicate and understand each other and the goals on each side. Smart piece.
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