BYOD, or bring your own device, is a hot issue in legal circles. For corporate counsel, BYOD carries inherent risks. For law firms, BYOD is yet another aspect of technology that contributing to “soft target” perception, and may be a contributing factor that some market watchers predicting a major breach in 2015.
To be sure, there are strong and often passionate arguments on all sides. Consider the following:
- 4 Things Wrong With Your Lawyer-Owned Mobile Device Policy
- In-House Counsel’s Big Worry: BYOD E-Discovery
- The BYOD horse is out of the barn
- “BYOD Bill of Rights” May Help Concerns about Privacy
- Quick Guide to BYOD
The infographic, which was originally developed by BizTech, examines BYOD across six key questions and from an IT policy perspective. Those questions examine the impact of BYOD from three different vantage points – the good, the bad and the ugly – and include:
- Who buys the devices?
- What is the right policy?
- What is the employee’s role?
- What’s the impact on IT?
- How do we tackle security?
- How about apps?
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For example, the infographic suggests businesses should subsidize device purchases and contribute to the bill for data usage to ensure employees treat it the device with the abundance of caution reserved for work tools.
That seems like sound advice, but let us know what you think – are there questions that law firms or inside counsel should consider that are not already included?
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