Sounds like it reduces cost, but with all the devices being different, you will need more support staff and hardware t support them. Software solutions that cater to the various platforms to keep everything secure. That is also a major cost.
I personally think it's a horrible idea to let users connect personal devices for which you have no control over the security or hardening.
Who knows what company sensitive information might be left laying in email or offline docs that could then be hacked later when the device leaves your protected network and gets connected to the internet at their home. And, you have to offset extra risk by installing a bunch of 802.1x, IPS and SIEM systems, that are probably only going to alert you after the fact.
But sure... CEO wants to use their iPad or WinPhone... whatever.
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
"The benefits of BYOD include creating new mobile workforce
opportunities, increasing employee satisfaction, and reducing or
I can see this happening, but it's mostly because there are so many crappy CIOs out there. Gartner's saying companies are scratching their heads to find a way to identify technological opportunities, use IT tools to increase employee productivity and even leverage their purchasing power. Only 38% of CIOs don't have a clue? I thought it was higher, but clearly the qualified ones aren't getting enough recognition if this idea catches on.
If everything were available in properly working web-apps with 100% functionality in all browsers it wouldn't matter what device was being used. Security as usual is always a complete PITA. I nearly laughed when I saw some cisco portal where any employee could login via a browser and register their own device to connect to the corporate network. simply by filling out a form.
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