Bring Your Own Network (BYON)

Many of today’s smartphones can transform into personal Wi-Fi hotspots, allowing employees to use their laptops and tablets anytime, anywhere. However, unless every computer in the company is restricted from connecting to any unauthorized network, employee hotspots expose the company to liability, malware and data loss. Also, employees often use their hotspots to view information they don’t want their employers to track, so personal networks in the workplace can place a significant drain on productivity.

Each company should determine whether to allow or ban BYON. If it’s allowed, then define it in the “acceptable use” section of employee BYOD policy, clearly stating when and how employees can use their own hotspots. Alternatively, if you decide to ban BYON, have a plan in place to detect and respond to non-compliance issues. [Read more…]