What are your pros and cons of BYOD?

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During this year's Interop conference, many speakers and attendees discussed the pros and cons of BYOD or bring-your-own-device. Gib Sorebo, chief cyber-security technologist at SAIC, said BYOD may seem like a necessity but it's not always the case. What are your pros and cons of BYOD?

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I think the pros and cons are fairly obvious. BYOD saves costs, lets employees use the devices they know and love, and opens up your network to a lot more options. On the other hand is lack of control. You lack control over security and the tools that employees use. In addition, there are privacy concerns when an employee is using their own phone and you need to find a balance between the desire to dictate how employees use phones and the fact that they are not owned by the company.

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  • Anu143
    It depends Micheal. Being able to use personal devices to work on professional tasks is a big step forward in integrating people’s working and personal lives: having that flexibility can greatly improve employee satisfaction and retention. but it is different while you use it in school.. Keeping under the desk :p.. it really depends on the external factors
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    Am I right
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  • Kevin Beaver
    We can say we're not going to allow people to bring their own devices all day long but reality shows us that we really don't have control over it. Unless you're working for a federal government agency or defense contractor with unlimited authority I'm guessing management isn't going to want to spend the time/effort/money required to prevent people from using any type of personal device on the network ever. Wise IT and information security professionals who see the bigger picture will instead be focusing on *how* it can be done.
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  • ToddN2000
    An obvious con is people could infect the network with a virus...A pro is that it would cut down on equipment cost for the company if personal device were allowed. It all comes down to your security and how trustworthy your employees are. The only way our employees are allowed remote access is thru a VPN. Wireless access is a different story, connections show but require a password. Not everyone gets it. Only company devices that have been approved will get access and we have to sign an agreement. Do not know if someone gave the password to another user using a personal device would be able to log in but I wouldn't risk my job over it.
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  • Jaideep Khanduja
    Definitely with BYOD security issues will be on the rise. You need to clearly assess whether one-time device cost will be lower or year on year increasing security complications, risks, and costs would be better.
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