Government Agencies are Forced into BYOD and MDM

Thursday, March 1, 2012, 11:23 AM

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BYOD (bring your own device) is rising in popularity and has government agencies on alert.  First, the increase in use of smartphones and tablets by employees in all types of organizations is causing new support challenges for IT. This issue, coupled with limited IT budgets not allowing for internal mobile device purchases or upgrades, is only going to cause an increase in BYOD.

“Mobility is the ‘new normal' for Federal employees.  It is no longer a nice-to-have capability, says Neal Campbell, senior vice president of CDW.

According to an article in FierceCIO, "the vast majority [of agencies] have deployed mobile data security policies and training, and most also use mobile encryption. Fewer than half use remote wipe, automatic software updating or data loss prevention software, however."

As government agencies research BYOD further, they are discovering which features would best benefit agencies and organizations.  

According to a CDW-G Federal Mobility Report: "Best practices that could benefit organizations facing BYOD challenges include setting up a usage policy, evaluating MDM [mobile device management] needs, making sure tools meet security goals and including personal devices in the agency's mobile device strategy."

These concepts are useful for any company attempting to incorporate BYOD into business process. MDM is going to be around for a long time.

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