Even though there are only so many security actions you can personally take as a remote employee, there are actions you can advocate for — including actions that your company can take and benefit from. One of those is bringing in company-owned devices.
As opposed to a Bring Your Own Device policy, company-owned devices are more secure since they minimize the risk of human error that increases susceptibility to a security breach. Plus, these devices are also a lot more cost-effective for remote employees. For example, based on data about company-owned devices from Frost and Sullivan, companies with more than 500 employees spend $2,240 per employee for a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy. This includes expenses such as BYOD-specific software, IT teams for troubleshooting and security solutions, which far exceeds the $1,637 per employee costs for company-owned devices.
According to Frost and Sullivan, “Corporate-Liable (CL) devices costs seem higher when viewed in a vacuum, but because of the support costs incorporated into BYOD, the total CL cost of ownership is lower.” If your company opposes the idea of company-owned devices because this initial bill is too large, it’s important to remember and consider the costs associated with the entire life cycle of a device. If an employee’s device breaks, they’ll be responsible for paying for it, which can increase stress and even result in dissatisfaction with the company. Paying the initial cost for a device now is better than paying a much grander price later — especially if company data is compromised in the process.
To advocate for these devices, it’s best to discuss the benefits with your company leaders and the actionable steps they can take to bring company-owned devices to fruition. From there, you’ll also have to sign an agreement to adhere to your company’s security terms. This may include a variety of actions including complying with a remote wiping if you do encounter a breach and keeping your personal digital activity off of your company-owned device to minimize the risk of a breach.