Last Thursday the Brodies Technology and Employment teams delivered a joint seminar in Edinburgh on the burgeoning practice of employers allowing employees to bring their own devices to work. The seminar looked at the pros and cons for both companies and employees and sparked a few interesting debates about some of the more controversial issues of BYOD. What happens, for instance, to company owned material and confidential documents stored on the employee’s device when the employment comes to an end? What challenges does a company face in managing the risk of data security breaches when the device is owned by the employee?
The seminar looked at the best ways to protect the company’s position and discussed how to develop an effective policy to regulate BYOD.
One of the interesting things to note from research for the seminar was that a large number of organisations do not have a BYOD policy in place. This ‘head in the sand’ approach will ignore the problem, but won’t get it to go away: analysts at TechMarket predict that by 2016 over 9 million employees will be using their own devices at work!
There’s still a chance to catch the BYOD seminar in Aberdeen on 5 December 2012 and Glasgow on 11 December 2012. For more information, and to find out how to register, please visit our Seminars page on the main Brodies website.
If you have any questions about this issue or are interested in developing a BYOD policy please contact the Employment Team.
On November 27, 2012