BYOD policies: The bedrock to safe, cloud-based operations

September 8, 2023 Dan Orzechowski

In an industry as mobile as ours, field personnel need on-the-go functionality. And instead of purchasing and maintaining equipment for large teams, organizations save big when employees leverage their personal devices. Field personnel jump over the need to learn a new tool. From anywhere on the job, employees can access all the order information they need right from their own phones.

With cloud capabilities on the rise, more organizations are considering using personal devices. What should be considered next is a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy — a vital step in making sure this mobile system unceasingly supports operations.

Leveraging personal devices can be rocket fuel for field operations. Here are just a few ways we can ensure our BYOD work culture remains safe and secure in the heavy building materials industry.

  • Fostering steady education

What does safe usage look like at your organization? Employees, depending on the setting, may already use their own devices in the workplace. Establishing what’s a liability and what’s not can be critical as the tech environment continues to rapidly evolve.

  • Laying out employee privacy rights

Company data belongs to your business, but in a BYOD setting, that data is housed on an employee's own device. It’s important to include a policy that outlines how an employer monitors the use of personal devices as well as how, when, and where a device may be used.

  • A reaction plan for when devices are lost or stolen

Since personal devices can be used throughout an employee's entire day, misplacing them becomes that much easier. One option here is to conduct a remote wipe of any company data.

  • Investing in strong access controls

No matter the device, password protection is vital in securing sensitive data. If a personal device fell into the hands of a bad actor, what’s stopping that person from accessing your company’s private information? Consider providing 2-factor authentication, which brings an additional layer of security that can protect a device, even if a user’s password is compromised.

  • Encouraging a culture that protects company assets

Beyond productivity, permitting personal devices may have a positive effect on company morale by bypassing the need to learn a new tool’s functionality. Also, personal devices may be more up-to-date than those issued by employers, which could incentivize their safekeeping.

Cloud-based solutions like Command Alkon’s Dispatch instantly equip field personnel with essential data. And when it comes to dispatch operations, capturing the inherent value of today’s BYOD culture can foster innovation at an organization of any size. The benefits of moving to the cloud don’t end with mobility, though. Like Dispatch, cloud-based solutions are also economical and built for growth. Learn more here.

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