Though it may sound simple, the mechanics of a BYOD policy are actually very complex. Many employees today don't just bring their own devices to work -- they also use their devices for work while on-the-go. This can expose a company to a lot of risk if their BYOD policy isn't well-developed. MSPs are well-versed in developing, managing, and enforcing BYOD policies. Here are just a few areas in which you may want to consult your MSP.
Consider your regulations. Different industries have different regulations related to security and compliance. If you're in an industry that involves HIPAA, for instance, you may have special rules regarding what can and can't be stored on personal devices. This is also true throughout legal industries and other professional organizations. An MSP will be able to direct you to these regulatory standards so that you can avoid a costly audit or risk assessment.
Define ownership. When your employees download information and use apps, does your company control it or do they? An MSP will be able to help you establish ownership of this information, so that your company has the control that it needs to protect itself. Otherwise what do you do when an employee leaves and walks out the door with company information?
Create an acceptable use policy. Your employees need to know what they can and can't do at work and even with their devices. When they choose to use their devices for work, they make their devices a part of the company's infrastructure. Your MSP can help you craft an acceptable use policy that is not overly restrictive but still protects your business.
Protect your endpoints. A BYOD policy alone can only do so much. Once you've developed your BYOD policy, you also need to invest in endpoint protection. Endpoint protection is important because users can make mistakes -- and, sometimes, a user may not even be at fault. Your MSP can set up protections so that even if a device is lost or stolen, the information on it won't be compromised.
A BYOD policy is going to inform your employee's interactions with their end point devices for a long time to come. With as many BYOD-related risks as there are, it only makes sense to involve the professionals. An MSP will be able to help you at all levels of your BYOD strategy so that you and your employees can take advantage of the benefits of personal devices without having to expose yourselves to the risks.