Bring Your Own Computer

What Does Bring Your Own Computer Mean?

Bring your own computer (BYOC) is a concept/trend by which employees are encouraged or allowed to bring and use their own personal computing devices to perform some or part of their job roles.


A BYOC policy defines the different types, models and applications in which employees can use personal computing resources within an organization’s IT perimeter.

Techopedia Explains Bring Your Own Computer

BYOC differs from bring your own device (BYOD) because the former focuses on computing devices, whereas the latter is a broad term that covers all different types of portable, non-portable and even cloud devices. BYOC is part of a growing trend in IT wherein employee-owned computing resources are being employed in office settings. These resources include laptops, notebooks and tablets PCs and/or the software/applications installed on them.

BYOC has two key implications for businesses:

  1. It can eliminate the need for in-house computing resources, thus substantially reducing IT expenses for an organization.
  2. It presents a risk to data security and integrity.

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