The ever-advancing features of smartphones and tablets make them an asset in the business world, even when they aren't company-issued. In many instances, employees are more comfortable with using their own phones instead of company-issued devices. This movement is called bring your own device, and its popularity is growing. A study from last year cited in InformationWeek determined that by 2018, over 78 percent of U.S. organizations will utilize BYOD activity. 

The bring-your-own-device movement is accelerating in all industries, and it has reason to be. With cloud computing services, information can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection, which can be easily attained with a typical smartphone or tablet. BYOD carries a lot of convenience for all levels in a company, allowing people to be more knowledgeable in the technology they use on a daily basis and creating a wider timeline of availability. This can serve to increase productivity and save money for businesses. However, it's important to set up guidelines in order to ensure that BYOD is helpful instead of a hassle. Follow this guide to developing your BYOD policy.

Outline boundaries
While a company might embrace employees accessing work emails through their phones, they might not want all cloud computing applications accessible through a personal device. It is critical to be clear in what constitutes as a safe environment for using different company applications. Additionally, companies should know which employees are utilizing BYOD. These practices help monitor activity and minimize risk of security threats.

Determine devices
Decide what devices can and cannot be used with the BYOD policy. Some smartphones have more intense security features than others, so an organization might consider allowing those devices over others. The supervisor of the BYOD policy should be knowledgeable about which devices are being used and who is using them.

Safety first
Security is a risk with any new technological development, but the hype is usually worse than any real threat. With the right precautions, cloud computing applications can be safely accessed with personal devices. Implement security measures, such as requiring two-factor authentication and regularly changing it.

Have a plan
Organizations should have a plan set for when potential problems arise with BYOD. They should know what to do when an employee leaves the company or if a device is lost or stolen. Planning ahead ensures security and maximizes the benefits a BYOD strategy can have with your company.