BYOD and CYOD: What’s the difference?

BYOD and CYOD: What’s the difference?

Many of us are comfortable using our own computers and devices. This is the reason companies are now offering a bring your own device (BYOD) option. However, there's a new concept that is also starting to catch on: choose your own device (CYOD).

Below is a brief overview of BYOD and CYOD.

BYOD

This policy allows employees to bring their own devices to use for work. While it focuses mostly on mobile devices, some companies allow users to bring their computers as well.

This option saves companies on purchasing and maintaining computers. It also leads to higher productivity since employees are familiar with their own devices, eliminating the time needed to adjust to new technology.

The main drawback of this policy is the risk involved when you allow employees' devices to access corporate resources. Companies adopting this policy need to ensure that they have a reliable system in place that deals with usages and security.

CYOD

CYOD allows users to choose from a set of company-approved devices.

These devices come with pre-installed business applications and protocols before an employee selects them. The main benefit of this policy is that the devices offered are highly compatible with the company's current setup and come with security features to ensure that sensitive information is protected correctly.

Depending on the policy, a company can either keep the device after an employee leaves or an employee can buy the equipment upfront. Some employees may not like the selection of available devices; that's the major drawback of this policy. Unfortunately, hardware costs are also not wholly eliminated, and employees will have to shoulder the expense for maintenance and repairs.

Which policy should companies adopt?

Companies should think about what works best for their current setup before choosing whether to adopt a BYOD or CYOD policy. A BYOD policy is ideal for companies operating on a tight or limited budget, while CYOD is perfect for companies who want to ensure their data is fully secure.

Contact us today to see how we can help you choose the right policy for your company.

Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.