BYOD – Bring Your Own Device

BYOD is a trend that has been taking hold for many companies. The challenge of all the different smart phones and tablets out there can overwhelm a company when deciding which one to support. These issues are further compounded by personal preferences for an iPhone, Galaxy, or any of the other devices they already own/like. The answer is to just give in and let them Bring Your Own Device.

A policy like this solves a few problems:

  • The Company doesn’t own the hardware
  • IT doesn’t have to support the device they bring
  • Old devises don’t stack up in the closet becoming completely useless
  • Employees are happier with the device they like
  • Employees don’t need to carry two phones

This sounds like a perfect solution, right? Everybody wins. The problems created include:

  • Security
  • Policy creation and management
  • Keeping non-owned hardware/software current
  • And many others.

The BYOD conversation is substantially bigger than this blog post could ever cover. However, I will attempt to create some connections to all the research I have conducted.

The SANS Institute has produced a great white paper about 40 pages deep. It is a long read, but a great overview of all the issues.

Another report from The SANS Institute is their SANS Survey on Mobility /BYOD, Security Policies and Procedures.

The four worst mistakes you can make with a BYOD policy from the Tech Republic blog on 2/11/13 can be summarized with:

  1. Limiting devices by specific models
  2. Excluding the right to wipe the device
  3. Allowing opt out of critical updates
  4. Allowing opt out of corporate data management policies

Additional BYOD resources

This all looks overwhelming, but it is coming to an employee near you soon. I encourage you to understand and control it for your company.



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