- Bring Your Own Device.
BYOD refers to when employees bring their own device (or devices) to work, either to use them for work or to connect them to a company network.
The advantage of BYOD is that employees have access to devices which their employer may be unable to provide, and this can lead to productivity gains.
The disadvantage of BYOD is that this can lead to compromised security. This can arise either if a device is subsequently lost (because it may for example contain network passwords), or because devices which have already been compromised (such as containing viruses or other malware) are being attached to the network by employees.