BYOD — don’t say “no”, say “how”

Posted: May 31, 2012 in Uncategorized
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BYOD or “Bring Your Own Device” is like a runaway train barreling down the tracks. If you’re the IT Dept you can either jump on board where at least you have a chance to determine which track it rides on or stand in front of the train, hands outstretched yelling “stop!” As you might guess, in that latter scenario, the train always wins.

But that doesn’t mean you just give up and let anyone bring any device they want into the corporate network where sensitive data is kept. The threat these handy gizmos pose is real but so is their value to the organization so you have to recognize both aspects and do what you can to mitigate the risks.

One of those risks is that the phone could be riding around New York City in the back of a cab even though the device’s owner no longer is. According to this article article in USA Today, Americans lost $30 billion (with a “b”!) worth of cell phones last year alone…

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/story/2012-03-22/lost-phones/53707448/1

 

With the proper precautions, though, you actually can embrace the trend that has resulted in the proliferation of this ubiquitous computing capability. Here’s a good story from InfoWorld on how IBM is doing it …

How IBM manages 80,000 bring-your-own devices

There are no risk free options here but learning to say “how” rather than “no” at least ensures that you remain part of the conversation. 

 

 

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