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CYOD Is Smart Mobility Management

26 Jan 2015 by Hannah Bridge

With the growth of mobile device usage, companies have been embracing BYOD (bring your own device) policies and allowing employees to bring and work off of their own smartphones or tablets. While there is a lot of hype and support for BYOD policies across enterprises, there are also some downsides associated with it. With BYOD, employees can access corporate data on their mobile devices, which raises some serious security issues, such as the possibility of confidential data falling into the wrong hands if a mobile device is lost or stolen.

So, there has to be a better option, right?

Right! CYOD, or choose your own device, is BYOD in a perfect world. CYOD offers users a choice of company-approved devices, without the security and standardization challenges of BYOD solutions. CYOD bridges the gap between employee choice and IT’s need to manage and secure the organization. With CYOD, you can easily manage the deployment of multiple device options with the right configurations across your entire organization.

“CYOD can align technology with business objectives and desired outcomes,” explains Brian D. Kelley, CIO of Portage County Government in Ohio. “IT consumerization is driving technology in business and government, with complications for IT security for devices that were not initially considered for enterprise use.” Devices geared toward the average consumer generally have a short lifespan and are designed to require frequent upgrades in order to drive more sales. Because of this, security is not a top priority, and the focus becomes more about obtaining “the latest and greatest” device in the marketplace. However, CYOD allows corporations to have the best of both worlds and maintain a secure network, while also giving employees the freedom to choose what type of device they use.

“CYOD is really about allowing users to be most productive along with being able to enforce IT security and corporate intellectual property rights,” says Chad Holstead, president of Business Knowledge Systems, a Plainfield, Ill.-based IT and management consulting firm. “IT is not about trying to regain any control; as a matter of fact, they are loosening the reins a bit to increase end-user productivity.”

Please visit http://www.insight.com/content/insight/us/en/solutions/mobility-network-and-security/cyod.html to learn more about CYOD or to contact a specialist.


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