May 1, 2020
by Greg Tapocsi, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
COVID-19 has seemingly changed the legal field’s traditional brick-and-mortar office dynamic with many law firms now permitting employees to work from home, or WFH. Although Governor DeWine has announced that Ohio’s economy will begin reopening on May 1, social distancing will be one of the key measures to reduce community spread and employees could be alternating between working at the office and WFH for the foreseeable future.
However, moving between a trusted office security environment and WFH can substantially increase cybersecurity risk. Before COVID-19’s onset, 26% of law firms experienced a cybersecurity breach of some fashion and the number of breaches will seemingly increase based on the transition to WFH. As a result, a growing number of law firms are considering “bring your own device (“BYOD”) policies. BYOD policies allow employees to connect their personal devices such as smartphones, tablets, or laptops to the firm’s network to perform employment-related obligations.
While BYOD policies can provide important benefits to firms, numerous legal and business concerns should be assessed when implementing such a policy. Here are the top 5 considerations to evaluate as part of your BYOD policy: