Could California Ruling Pave the Way for Better BYOD Policies?

BYOD continues to be top-of-mind for enterprises, and many experts are recommending that California companies reevaluate their BYOD policies in light of a recent ruling from the California Court of Appeal.

According to the ruling in the Cochran v. Schwan’s Home Service case, when employees are required to use their personal mobile devices for work related calls, companies must reimburse them.

This is a ruling that impacts both companies realizing the productivity benefits of a mobile empowered workforce and employees. Many employees feel companies have been getting a free ride by forcing them to pay for devices which they also use to do their jobs. They’re hoping to see some extra coverage of work related expenses.

But less obvious is the impact on making both our personal and corporate data more secure. As companies become more invested in BYOD phones as a result of the ruling, they will re-evaluate their BYOD policies and realize that there is now an additional incentive to protect these devices and the corporate data that resides in them. Companies must have systems in place that detect and analyze the risky behaviors behind apps on these BYOD devices, and empower security administrators to enforce policies that protect both consumer and enterprise data from these dangerous apps.

In the end, the ruling could facilitate enterprises to simplify enterprise BYOD deployments.  Although there is a 30 day grace period before the ruling goes into effect, many forward thinking enterprises are realizing they can no longer sit on the fence when it comes to BYOD policy.

If reimbursement is the law, it may make more sense to go ahead and cover the full expense of the mobile device thereby making it corporate owned and enabling stricter control over which apps are installed.

Thus, from a security standpoint, this new BYOD ruling could actually be a true win-win for both employees and the enterprise.

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