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FCW : July 15, 2013
Sponsored Report Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) mobile strategies might be the wave of the future, but for now many government organizations prefer to take a wait-and-see ap- proach, a new survey shows. Although smartphones, notebook computers and tablets are coming to be seen as standard tools for mobile government employees, many agen- cies have chosen to provide mobile devices, rather than allowing em- ployees to bring their own, according to the survey, which was conducted earlier this year by the 1105 Govern- ment Information Group. Sixty-nine percent of survey respondents said their agencies issue mobile devices to eligible agency employees, with 26 percent saying only agency-provided de- vices are allowed. In contrast, only 23 percent said their agencies had adopted BYOD policies, while 20 percent said their agencies had no of cial policy on employee-owned devices (see chart). BYOD has been a topic of much debate during the last year. On the one hand, agencies see BYOD as a way to get new technology into their employees hands as quickly as possible. It is also a way to save money, since employees are often willing to share the cost of buying the device and service. On the other hand, employee-fur- nished devices are generally seen as coming with heightened security risks, especially the various types of malware that might be downloaded with e-mail or commercial apps. Agencies can take numerous steps to reduce such risks, such as doing a thorough sweep of each device before allowing it on the network and isolating govern- ment applications and data from the rest of the device. But at this point, many agencies, such as the Defense Department, plan to play it safe and stick with government- furnished devices, at least for now. DOD s "Commercial Mobile De- vice Implementation Plan," issued in February, suggests that the depart- ment s policy could change once technology makes it more feasible to co-host enterprise and personal capabilities on one device. "As the technology matures and is proven to meet DOD security requirements for the mobility en- vironment, DOD CIO will monitor and generate the necessary DOD implementation policies to support BYOD," the plan states. The CIO Council also recom- mends a cautious approach to BYOD, particularly because of concerns about data loss. In the Mobile Security Reference Architecture, released in May, the council recommends that agencies going the BYOD route consider sponsoring an employee purchas- ing program. Such an approach at least avoids the danger that employees might buy devices from unveri ed sources selling cheaper products that lack standard secu- rity measures. Security is not the only concern. One nuts-and-bolts issue is the matter of reimbursement. According to analysts at Gartner, a market research and consulting rm, approximately half of BYOD programs in the private sector provide a partial reimbursement. The rm recommends that organi- zations subsidize the carrier fees but not the device itself, since that avoids any questions about owner- ship when an employee departs. FULL REPORT ONLINE, Go to www.fcw.com/2013MobilityTrends Mobility demands diligence on security Mobility expands workday boundaries Nomadic employees leverage mobile tech Don't let mobile apps be a weak link Public Sector Mobility Research Report Articles TRENDS & TECHNOLOGIES DRIVING PUBLIC SECTOR MOBILITY Agencies remain cautious about BYOD % of respondents identifying each statement as best describing their agencies of cial policy Source: 1105 Government Information Group Research Study GOVERNMENT- VS. EMPLOYEE-OWNED DEVICES AGENCY PROVIDES MOBILE DEVICES............................................ 69% ONLY AGENCY-PROVIDED DEVICES ARE ALLOWED ..................... 26% EMPLOYEES ENCOURAGED TO BRING THEIR OWN DEVICES..... 23% NO OFFICIAL POLICY ........................................................................ 20%
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