How the CIO Can Establish a BYOD Usage Policy

The Bring-Your-Own-Device movement in IT has been steadily expanding, and CIOs are struggling to define how to maintain, control, and ownership. This post by Chris Curran discusses the challenges of (and advice for) establishing a BYOD usage policy. As he points out, it’s a fine line to walk: Tread lightly as you approach this unwieldy intersection between technology, HR and legal. If you go too far in trying to dictate what employees can and cannot do with their own equipment, you run the risk of ending up right back where you started before you stopped pushing back on the infiltration of personal devices into the enterprise. Workers revert to circumventing your systems and creating security breaches. Or, on the opposite end of the spectrum, your department winds up saddled with the daunting task of micro-managing thousands of gadgets, which defeats the benefit of embracing BYOD. A few questions to ponder: what do you do if an employee loses their own netbook, and all of the trade secrets your company has with it? Can you force an employee to install a remote data management program (which will wipe any information off of their netbook), and are they allowed to say no?

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