Nov 10, 2014
BYOD Solutions for Contracted Workers
In recent years there has been a marked uptick in the number of contract, part-time, and temporary roles in the workplace. The reasoning behind this is simple. These alternative work options reflect the more flexible work environment that many people now crave – at the same time they lower overhead costs for businesses while also allowing them to be more agile. The fact that the rise in non-permanent roles has coincided with the growth in the bring your own device (BYOD) movement is no accident. In many ways, contractors and BYOD go hand in hand. Contracted workers and other flexible employees are more likely to be mobile than their full-time counterparts, making them excellent candidates for BYOD. Organizations stand to gain a lot by allowing contractors to use their own devices, but there are several concerns that need to be addressed in their BYOD solutions.
Mobile App SecurityThe main concern enterprises have with contracted workers using their own devices is mobile app security. This potentially puts sensitive information at risk should the contractor decide to leave unexpectedly. Contractors could also introduce security vulnerabilities to the enterprise by connecting a compromised device to the network or through poor security practices.
Establish Secure PoliciesBecause of the finite nature of contract roles – and the fact that contractors generally receive less hands-on corporate training – consider establishing a separate set of BYOD policies for contract and other alternative employees. In order to reduce IT burden, explicitly outline your expectations for how contractors should use and maintain their device(s) for work purposes. These can include:
- Prohibiting the use of jailbroken or rooted devices
- Installing the latest manufacturer and/or OS updates
- Keeping personal and private data separate at all times
- Restricting the storage and transmission of corporate data to a list of approved applications