July 29, 2014
In part one, two, and three of this series, we discussed the growing trends, benefits, and risks of BYOD in government, with a particular focus on the legal government sector. The adoption of BYOD in government continues to grow as more and more agencies begin to recognize the many benefits that it has to offer. BYOD gives employees the ability to telecommute, use the mobile device of their choice, and utilize technology that may not otherwise be available to them. And increased productivity can enable government agencies to accomplish more with fewer resources, and provide higher quality service to their citizens.
But security and program implementation costs are two factors that might deter a government agency from allowing BYOD. Without the appropriate policies and procedures in place, sensitive data can be left unprotected, leaving government agencies more vulnerable to data breaches and misuse of their information. And despite the cost savings that BYOD can create, there are costs associated with implementing BYOD programs that can outweigh these savings, if agencies do not plan ahead. Costs can include staff time for policy development and program management, cloud-based subscription costs, and enterprise software licensing.
Fortunately, there are a few steps that government agencies can take to avoid these risks and reap the full benefits that BYOD has to offer. If you are considering BYOD for your agency, read our latest white paper to learn what you should consider when drafting your organization’s BYOD policy.