June 20, 2012

BYOD Smart Solution

  • Providing a work-your-way solution for diverse users with multiple devices, anytime, anywhere
  • Cisco Systems

Today's CIO must deliver innovative business solutions and give employees more freedom to work the way they want - all while reducing IT complexity. Consumer devices have proven to be a cost effective and attractive way to keep employees engaged and productive, but many organizations struggle with securely introducing these devices into the network. Securing corporate data, applications, and systems is essential to any BYOD strategy and IT organizations need to ensure a secure experience from both a device and network access perspective. As corporations develop an any device, anywhere strategy, IT needs to know who is on the network, the location of the person, and the type and status of the device.

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I don't think this qualifies as a 'white' paper: it poses that BYOD is beneficial, then poses that IT needs to control these devices and the rest tells us how wonderful Cisco's 'solution' to these presumed problems are.

For one thing, IT is NOT responsible for data security: the data is the property and responsibility of the business people. If they think it is OK to store that data (or access to it) on smart phones, tablets and DropBox, that is their decision. If they don't, let them ask what IT can do to help them protect their data, but IT should NEVER assume that responsibility: they don't have the power tell the business people what to and not to do. If they try, they become the 'can't do' department - as is so often the case.

So if you are in IT, tell your users that you don't care if they use proper passwords, virus scanners and other safe practices. If they want, you can help them with the technology, that's all.

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