To BYOD or not to BYOD
April 28, 2012
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The idea of allowing employees to Bring their own device into the workplace is gaining a large momentum especially with those that are struggling to keep their own desktop infrastructures up to date. This weekend there are a few stories on the Guardian Computing Network about a few council BYOD schemes starting up. It’s certainly going to be interesting to see how they work out in the long term.
This one caught my eye in particular that gave warning about councils who would use BYOD as a cost saving exercise: http://www.guardian.co.uk/government-computing-network/2012/apr/26/byod-wont-save-money-blackpool
Personally speaking I tend to agree that BYOD should not be used as a money saving exercise to save replacement costs but as an extension to their own desktop to allow an employee to work with greater flexibility. On saying that, with greater flexibility comes greater responsibility in this case over the data stored on those devices… Lose the device and you risk exposing potentially sensitive corporate data.
I did quite like the Cambridgeshire article where they are providing an sandboxed app which gives secure access to corporate data while remaining separate form the personal information also on that device. The downside to this is the requirement for an always on connection to get to the data… Nobody ever said that security came without a price.