In recent years, more and more small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) have been part of a growing trend known as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives.

And while BYOD certainly has some significant benefits, including increased worker productivity and reduced costs, BYOD also has a darker side that can threaten IT security and put your company’s data at risk if it isn’t properly regulated. To mitigate the threats associated with BYOD, ATB has created a customizable BYOD Policy template that you can download for free when you register for access to our resource center.

And while BYOD sounds very attractive for both employers and employees at the surface, it is important for business owners to understand the potential implications associated with allowing corporate data to be accessed on personal devices that are completely out of your organization’s control. For example, what happens if and when an employee’s device (on which they have been granted access to company information) is lost or stolen? Having a BYOD Policy in place, in conjunction with a strict password policy, can help ensure that even under these circumstances your valuable company data is secure.

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When you download our BYOD Policy template, you are one step closer to protecting the security and integrity of your IT infrastructure. With this policy in place, employees must agree to the terms and conditions you set forth in order to be able to connect their devices to the company network. This not only provides guidelines for how personal devices can and may be used, but it also outlines the consequences if the BYOD policy is not followed.

At ATB, we also offer a variety of solutions to help small and medium sized businesses manage a BYOD environment, including software solutions that partition all corporate applications and data on devices and the installation of virtual clients to gain access to the most proprietary data. But before you need to worry about any of these more sophisticated measures, ATB encourages all business that encourage employees to BYOD to implement a BYOD Policy. Download your free BYOD Policy template today by completing the form below.

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