Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) or Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT)

With the proliferation of smart phones and intelligent computing tablets such as the iPad, enterprises are increasingly faced with employees who want to bring their own devices and connect to enterprise systems. Should employers should allow this type of connectivity to enterprise systems? Here are three examples with a predicted impact to an organization’s Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) when employees use BYOD.
With the proliferation of smart phones and intelligent computing tablets such as the iPad, enterprises are increasingly faced with employees who want to bring their own devices and connect to enterprise systems. Determine whether or not employers should allow this type of connectivity to enterprise systems. Support your reasoning with three examples. Predict the impact to an organization’s Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) when employees use BYOD. I believe that the BYOD debate depends a lot on the company, job title and reason for the request. For example, if a sales rep is working on a presentation and they like the software on their Mac better, then why not? Same for the companies web developer, graphic designer, etc. I admit there are many jobs that it would not be a good idea for, mainly were company data or network would be at risk, but many companies allow certain job titles to work mobile and they manage the risks with VPN’s, IDS, and by educating the employee. I’m sure talks with mobile employees about security, ethics, IP and their device are already in practice. Now from the security point of view I completely agree that BYOD should not be allowed because that’s how employees bring in mal ware and some may want to damage or steal from the company, and some of my class mates work in secure areas for the government where you can’t even bring your phone into the building. Those points should always be consider when a request is made. I would suggest, for some companies, strict company computer rules such as no personal email, block all web sites not needed for work, no usb port use and a clear login message that all active is logged. Then offer a separate wifi network for BYOD for brakes or lunch time. Because employees will always try to get around the systems we setup so by offering one for them they will be happier and not trying to use proxies, usb browsers, etc. I I believe TCO also depends on each example, if the BYOD is for private use then its probably a cost to the company in lost work. If its for work then its probability a gain for the company in equipment cost. Yet ifmalware is brought in or data theft occurs then it is again a cost. So in summary, for most businesses BYOD is too much of a risk to security, but in some cases, BYOD could be handled with success.
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