April 28, 2012 By Dan Lohrmann
Opinions are all over the map on "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) to work. I've heard those who insist that 80% of us will adopt this new approach to mobile devices within a few years. Others believe that the letters BYOD stand for "Bring Your Own Disaster..."
Here are a few viewpoints and a quick poll to gauge your opinion.
"... Government Executive’s recent article outlining '5 Trends in Mobility' includes the BYOD wave front and center, a phenomenon seemingly buoyed by U.S. Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel’s vocal embrace of the power of mobility: “Going mobile doesn’t just increase productivity, but it’s a huge cost saver too.” Leading government analysts agree, calling BYOD the 'dominant trend in many civilian agencies” and 2012 “the year that tablets become firmly embedded in the government space.'”
"... The quickening pace of breakthroughs in consumer technology is helping fuel the trend. Accustomed to managing their personal lives with the latest and most-innovative technology tools, people are becoming less patient with the older, clunkier hardware and software they have to use at work...."
"... Yet while BYOD is on our doorstep and the pressure to cave into the trend is overwhelming, cyber security companies like Symantec are more than happy to elucidate what will happen if a CIO gets their BYOD policy wrong.
According to the latest Symantec report on data breaches, a hacked mobile device in an organisation can be a serious security issue, with hackers looking to piggyback employee devices into a workplace’s network...."
Now it's your turn. I'd like to know your thoughts and experience with BYOD:
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