The BYOD Dilemma: How to Keep Your Assets from Turning into Liabilities — Part 1

Personal smart phones dominate the corporate workplace. BYOD, or “Bring Your Own Device,” has become ubiquitous in offices worldwide. One device for work and one for personal use is typical in today’s arena; it is more than just the social media marketing managers and savvy employees or lawyers who want continuous access. As employees look for more room to adjust hours and scheduling, BYOD allows them to easily bring work to home – and home to work.

Companies save money by lowering infrastructure costs and have the comfort of knowing that their employees have all their emails, files, and calendars in one place (or stored in the cloud and accessed from multiple devices) accessible at any time, increasing productivity and efficiency. The downside is that the individuals responsible for securing the workplace environment are gritting their teeth. Why? According to the Ponemon Institute, about 68 percent of respondents reported that their mobile devices have been targeted by malware of some variety during 2013.

A survey published in the 2013 Summer/Fall issue of the Journal of Law & Cyber Warfare of more than 50 percent of the 300 senior executives at large and small companies stated they did not have a formal policy in place or the capability to manage employee-owned mobile devices.

The next two postings look at the impact of not having policies and procedures in place to address BYOD issues can present for companies and law firms, big and small.

* By Daniel B. Garrie, the Senior Managing Partner at Law & Forensics LLC. He focuses on e-discovery, digital forensics, cyber security and warfare, data privacy, and predictive coding, and works with law firms, governments, companies, and non-profits around the globe.