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Why One CIO Is Saying ‘No’ to BYOD

BYOD is on the spread, but is it spreading like the plague? Sam Lamonica, CIO of electrical contractor Rosendlin Electric, would probably say so, and he does not plan on ever letting BYOD infect his work environment. Tom Kaneshige reports on why Lamonica and other CIOs are giving the N.O. to BYOD.

No Thanks, But Thanks

A CompTIA survey of 400 IT and business executives found that 51 percent of large companies do not do BYOD. A major reason for this stems from an unfortunate distrust of employees by senior officials. Well-meaning employees, attempting to lighten their load and consolidate resources, might end up leaving their data utterly vulnerable. Backing that possibility up, Marble Security Labs judged that business information is inadequately protected by consumer apps on BYODs after analyzing 1.2 million iOS and Android apps.

A Sunny Dictatorship

Shaking your head to BYOD does not have to make the organization feel archaic or dictatorial. Kaneshige talks about what Lamonica does for his employees in lieu of BYOD:

Despite his tough stance on BYOD, Lamonica does allow employees to use certain lifestyle apps and store personal photos on company-owned tablets (although the company reserves the right to wipe them). With MobileIron, Lamonica can separate and contain business apps and data from personal apps and data. The company also helps employees set up an iTunes account, including buying them a $50 iTunes card. By being able to personalize company-owned iPads, employees out in the field tend to treat them as prized possessions. The breakage rate for iPads at construction sites is surprisingly low, Lamonica says.

Mobileron adds further levels of protection through encryption when services like Dropbox are used. But it can only take you so far, and Lamonica says that colleagues of his have started shifting from “BYOD” back to “CYOD,” or “Choose your own device,” where employees select a device and the company buys it. CIOs will have to do some soul searching to decide what road is really best for their companies.

You can read Kaneshige’s original article here:

About John Friscia

John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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