IT Glossary - BYOD


This acronym stands for Bring Your Own Device, which refers to an employee bringing their personal smartphone, laptop or tablet in lieu of company-provided equipment. A BYOD policy can make employees happy, but it also presents many other issues that should be explicitly addressed by employers before it becomes adopted. The biggest issue that companies face revolves around how to secure their data on the device and protect it from misuse. However, bringing your own device is not just an IT concern or policy; Human Resources should also be involved because it can raise legal problems in the handling of exempt and non-exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA, 1938).