Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Definition

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BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, implies company policies drawn out to enable employees to bring their personal mobile devices – including smartphones, laptops, and tablets – to their place of work and also make use of them to access data and information exclusive to the company they work for. These policies can be drawn out by all, establishments irrespective of their field or industry.

BYOD is now emerging as the future of enterprise, as most employees make use of their personally-owned gadgets and technology while at the office. In fact, some companies believe that this trend may actually make employees more productive, as they are more comfortable working with their own mobile devices, which they are most comfortable with. Enabling BYOD also helps employees perceive them as more progressive and worker-friendly.

Pros of BYOD

  • Companies adopting BYOD policies can save much money spent on purchasing high-end devices for their employees’ use. They can also rest assured that employees would take better care of these gadgets, as these are their own personal devices.
  • Employees are more comfortable handling their own gadgets rather than use unfamiliar technology provided by their company. This also makes them feel more in control in the office environment.

Cons of BYOD

  • The major downside is the potential threat to security in enterprise. Companies would need to be extra wary of data breaches. The problem would be further complicated if an employee ended up losing his or her mobile device, which contained classified office data.
  • In some cases, companies pay for employees’ phone services, which the latter may well employ for their own personal use as well.


Also known as Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP), Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT), Bring Your Own PC (BYOPC).