Government agencies have traditionally balked at the idea of bring your own device, but that hasn't stopped employees from clamoring for the convenience – nor does it negate the benefits that the trend can bring to organizations that deploy it.
"As such," wrote Cam Roberson, director of the reseller channel for Beachhead Solutions, for GCN, "agencies need to be prepared for the inevitable future where BYOD is the default standard."
Roberson went on to outline a trio of measures that government agencies and other entities concerned about BYOD should take in order to protect themselves and their data:
– data encryption that forces the encryption of information after a pre-set period of inactivity, thereby taking the onus off employees
– organizational control that revokes workers' access to sensitive data as soon as they no longer need it
– failsafes that facilitate shutdowns or data-wiping in the event that a device is lost or stolen
Even the Department of Defense has promised to evaluate the potential of integrating BYOD into its operations, so what are you waiting for?