It’s hard to believe that not long ago we may have stopped at a gas station for a map or flipped through a Rolodex for a client’s phone number. Smartphones and other mobile devices like tablets are a part of life. We do everything from making reservations for a business lunch to sharing our grand opening event on our company Facebook page. The benefits of having technology at our fingertips at all times are indispensable to our success today. Employers and employees alike rely on smartphones and tablets. Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) is a common and often necessary business practice. But, like any technology used in business, employees’ use of personal mobile devices comes with its own risks. Statutes and laws differ from state to state, but in a nutshell, once an employee uses a personal device to perform work duties, employers may be held accountable for any laws broken through that use.
While you can’t control everything an employee does on their personal device, there are specific steps you can take to manage your company’s risk.
What poses a significant BYOD risk for a company? The answer is social media and lost devices.