When an unexpected disaster strikes, it is important to have a business continuity plan in place. A continuity plan will allow business to quickly return to normal operations following a natural disaster, power outage, or other type of catastrophe. While creating a perfect continuity plan is difficult, it is also extremely beneficial. Technology advancements in the last few years have changed the way we work. Employees are likely to be using their personal smartphones, tablets, or laptops for business at any point in time. It is the responsibility of management to make smart use of this increased accessibility by creating BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies and procedures. With MissionMode Mobile linked to a smart BYOD policy, your organization can be equipped to successfully execute your business continuity plans.
BYOD Plan Components
Acceptable Use: BYOD blurs the line between business and personal use. The policy should cover blocked websites when connected to the company network, and transmission of illicit materials or proprietary information. Use of devices for personal use during work hours, use of camera/video functionality on-site, and even rules prohibiting texting while driving should also be covered.
Device Support: The policy should outline a precise list of supported devices and operating systems, and which issues can be supported by internal IT vs. contacting the carrier or the device manufacturer.
Reimbursement: Will the company be providing any allowance for devices used on the job? The plan should cover which devices qualify and which employees are entitled to reimbursement.
Security: Perhaps the most important aspect of a BYOD policy is related to security. Similar to the computers the company supplies for employees, other digital devices need to be password protected with a strong password policy. Devices should be locked if idle for five minutes and data and application access should be limited based on user profile.
BYOD Benefits for Business Continuity
Following an emergency, it can be difficult to keep business operating on schedule. Having a BYOD system in place allows for non-location critical employees to work from home when travel is difficult or facilities non-operable. For location-critical employees, BYOD and mass notification solutions will help with scheduling, staffing and employee security.
In those cases when a company’s network is impacted by an event, a cloud-based incident management and notification solution that communicates with employee-owned devices may be the only way to maintain contact and work towards resolution.
Reduced Technology Costs
With smart devices playing a greater role in our daily lives, employees aren’t interested in carrying multiple devices just to maintain a separation between their personal and business communications. A BYOD policy helps companies leverage the technology investments their employees are already making. Instead of investing in more employee hardware, companies can invest in the apps their employees need to drive maximum efficiency and security.
How to use this Information
All businesses need a back-up plan in case of catastrophes. Having a business continuity plan is key, but including a BYOD plan is also extremely beneficial. It’s our responsibility at MissionMode to help prepare your business for all the unknowns. To learn how our Mobile Incident Management can help your business continuity plan succeed, give us a call at 877-833-7763 or contact us online.