Essay Byod Pro's and Con's

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Bring Your Own Device


Bring Your Own device is a business policy of employees bringing personally owned mobile devices to work and using those devices to access privileged company resources like email, file servers and databases as well as personal applications and data. The types of devices that employees may use are smart cell phones and laptops.
The reality is that there is no simple solution when it comes to regulating BYOD. Every organization is different and there are number of different factors that have to be taken into consideration. First a company will have to decide which employees will be allowed access, as well as the types of devices
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This extends to the personal information of any other family member or third party who may share the use of the device. Personal data stored is not the only privacy concern for the employee, location and online activity may be exposed to the employer as well. A main feature of mobile device management software is the ability to track in real time the location of the device. The feature is designed to help determine whether a device is lost or stolen before a remote lock or wipe is accessed. It can also be used to selectively disable camera and microphone when a device enters into a restricted company area to prevent sensitive data loss. Although not intended for this use, the IT department may be able to track your whereabouts anywhere and anytime and the employee may not be aware of it. In addition when a personal device is connected to the corporate wifi network, there is a possibility online activity is being monitored and filtered to comply with regulations and to protect the company from liability from improper use.

*Enterasys survey Feb 2012
Are Mobile Devices Risky Business?

“Among Motorola’s key findings: 2 out 3 people realize that the responsibility falls on them, rather than the IT department, to keep mobile data private and secure. 73% of respondents said they are concerned about smart phone security; in fact, a quarter of them would rather share a toothbrush than their phone.

The survey also

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