As the consumerization of technology marches on, industry research estimates that as many as 90 percent of employees already use personal devices for work--without permission. In some ways, the trend is a no-brainer: Organizations get a break on the expense of providing a smartphone or tablet for an employee’s professional use. In addition, they may benefit from additional off-hours productivity as employees integrate their personal and business online activities on a single device, using a consistent interface. And the bring your own device trend offers employees a little more flexibility about how they respond to professional tasks.
On the flip side, BYOD carries risks. How does an organization protect itself against data loss or breaches when they don’t control the device? Those concerns are particularly acute in health care, where most data being handled is confidential and numerous legal and financial penalties are applicable when protected health information in exposed.
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