Smart Phones And Its Impact On Corporate It

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I. Introduction Bring-your-own-device, or BYOD, has increasingly become an accepted practice for corporate IT. With its purported productivity gains come with a whole new set of security concerns for IT departments and management. Principal among these is security, where much of the control that IT traditionally had is now in the hands in the users. The last decade has seen a proliferation of devices to include smart phones, tablets, and personal laptops that are all candidates for BYOD. As Dhingra (2016) noted “Over 70% of mobile professionals will conduct their work on personal smart devices by 2018” and that 65% of world-wide smart phones will be used in BYOD environments (p. 181). These devices can increase security risks when…show more content…
Again, from Sobers (2014), IBM had to ban employees (some 400,000) from using Siri on iPhones or Dropbox due to corporate information that was found to be compromised by those personal services. Examining personal IT use, developing polices on IT, and supporting its use can help mitigate already existing security issues. This paper will examine some of the considerations for implementing a BYOD program for an organization, and make recommendations of policies and technologies to have in place at a minimum. II Considerations There are some considerations an organization has to weigh against the benefits of BYOD. One is the potential strain on IT manpower, and increase security risks, that multiple devices bring to the network. In a traditional IT environment, the IT staff and leadership can decide what devices, operating systems, and largely where devices will be used. With BYOD, instead of just one type of phone OS to secure, there could potentially be multiple. The same is with user laptops. People may use Apple or Linux now instead of Windows, and even within Windows, there could be various versions in use. This potentially opens up multiple security hazards, as there is now many different systems to lock down. It is also a strain on IT staff, as it is looked to provide support of devices, officially and
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