Choose Your Own Device

What Does Choose Your Own Device Mean?

Choose Your Own Device (CYOD) is a business trend and phenomenon designed to give an organization more control of devices that employees use to handle company data. With CYOD, an organization allows employees to select from specified devices for business usage.

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Techopedia Explains Choose Your Own Device

CYOD is an alternative to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), where employees use personal devices to handle company data. BYOD has become quite popular as companies have realized the cost savings of allowing employees to use personal devices for work.

In contrast, a CYOD approach requires employees to choose from a limited range of devices. For example, a company may allow employees to use BlackBerrys, iPhones or other Apple devices – but not Androids. A company also may limit device usage to work activities.

A CYOD approach provides other security options for companies with concerns about potential BYOD ramifications. Because of different issues related to multi-use devices, securing BYOD systems can be difficult. This is a key reason why CYOD is receiving so much attention in today’s business world.

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