There are so many options available to make mobility work for your organisation and there is no one size fits all approach. According to a Samsung-commissioned study by Oxford Economics, only 17 percent of enterprises provide mobile phones to all employees, while 31 percent provide none and instead rely entirely on BYOD. The remaining 52 percent use a hybrid approach.
But how can you choose the best fit and are you feeling confused by all the different acronyms? Don’t despair - take a look at the guide below:
BYOD – Bring Your Own Device
The most familiar option to workers in 2018, BYOD means allowing employees to work on their own portable devices. BYOD can bring significant cost savings for the company, encourage flexible working practices. According to Cisco, businesses that favour BYOD make an annual saving of £270 per year, per employee. However BYOD can be one of the hardest to control.
COBO – Company Owned, Business Only
Under a COBO policy, companies supply workers with a device (usually with no choice in what device will be supplied) and restrict its use to business only activity. Blackberry was the business device of choice for over a decade for office workers, but these days COBO is typically utilised only by organisations with rigid and complex compliance requirements who require strict device control while still needing to offer their employees mobility.
COPE – Corporate Owned, Personally Enabled
COPE bridges the gap between BYOD and COBO by providing a device that upholds business security policies but gives users flexibility. Users trade a measure of privacy for the ability to use their company owned phone for personal activity. IT can easily monitor and protect devices as well as limit choices for what hardware, services and apps staff can access, and the user doesn’t have to carry two devices during work hours.
CYOD – Choose Your Own Device
The CYOD approach is where the business compiles a list of approved devices, configure them to d protect sensitive data, and remain responsible for security. Employees get to work on a device of their own preference from the approved list meaning they can - in theory - be more productive and organisations are able to limit outside applications or activities that could lead to a security breach. In some cases employees own their phones, while in others the phone is company owned or a remuneration is provided to pay for the device and monthly costs.
With all the options above available to organisations with regards to their mobile device strategy, we would recommend you consider various policies that fit with your culture, approach and strategy.