Poll: What's Happening With BYOD in Government?

Opinions are all over the map on "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) to work. Here are some viewpoints and a poll.

by / April 28, 2012

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.

Is Bring Your Own Device and Inevitable Trend?

"... 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.'”

WSJ: Should Employees Be Allowed to Use Their Own Devices for Work?

"... 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...."

TECHNOLOGY SPECTATOR: Bring-your-own-device disaster

"... 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:

Where is your government at with BYOD?
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Dan Lohrmann Chief Security Officer & Chief Strategist at Security Mentor Inc.

Daniel J. Lohrmann is an internationally recognized cybersecurity leader, technologist, keynote speaker and author.

During his distinguished career, he has served global organizations in the public and private sectors in a variety of executive leadership capacities, receiving numerous national awards including: CSO of the Year, Public Official of the Year and Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader.
Lohrmann led Michigan government’s cybersecurity and technology infrastructure teams from May 2002 to August 2014, including enterprisewide Chief Security Officer (CSO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) roles in Michigan.

He currently serves as the Chief Security Officer (CSO) and Chief Strategist for Security Mentor Inc. He is leading the development and implementation of Security Mentor’s industry-leading cyber training, consulting and workshops for end users, managers and executives in the public and private sectors. He has advised senior leaders at the White House, National Governors Association (NGA), National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), federal, state and local government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and nonprofit institutions.

He has more than 30 years of experience in the computer industry, beginning his career with the National Security Agency. He worked for three years in England as a senior network engineer for Lockheed Martin (formerly Loral Aerospace) and for four years as a technical director for ManTech International in a US/UK military facility.

Lohrmann is the author of two books: Virtual Integrity: Faithfully Navigating the Brave New Web and BYOD for You: The Guide to Bring Your Own Device to Work. He has been a keynote speaker at global security and technology conferences from South Africa to Dubai and from Washington, D.C., to Moscow.

He holds a master's degree in computer science (CS) from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and a bachelor's degree in CS from Valparaiso University in Indiana.

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