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On Tap Today: BYOD
BYOD -- bring your own device. If there is any topic that demonstrates how times have changed in government, it is the topic of BYOD. It was just a few years ago when most people would have predicted this would never happen in government.
But now that government is considering BYOD there are lots of questions. Like, why do this in the first place and also the HOWs -- how do you do this successfully. How do you implement? What about cybersecurity or privacy?
We have compiled an expert panel to help us sort through some of these issues.
The DorobekINSIDER's Guests:
BYOD at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
"The BYOD program at EEOC came to fruition out of a necessity to lower our costs for wireless devices. Back in the 90s we started allocating Blackberries or other handheld devices. So our agency was spending $800,000 for our government provided devices with budget reductions in fiscal year 2012. We couldn't sustain that cost any longer," said Hancher.
How it works:
"We realized that everyone was using a personal device in the workplace. It wasn't connected to the network, but they were using it to make phone calls, check emails or access the web. So we realized that either IT was going to be viewed as the villain if we blocked it or we could take a different approach and figure out how to become the enabler and make it happen safely," said Cooper.
How it works:
BYOD at Digital Management
"Cost is a primary driver for BYOD. But before any agency goes down the road to BYOD they need to step back and do a mobile strategy. They need to find what exactly they want to accomplish. Is it cost reduction, employee retention, enable a larger workforce?" said Yang.
"There is a grassroots demand going on right now for BYOD. People have their mobile devices that they own and carry with them on a daily basis. They realized those devices have a computing power that they want to take advantage of in the office. But when you bring that device into the network employees run into trouble," said McCarthy.
Dangers of BYOD?
GovLoop's BYOD Resources List
For lessons learned from our panelist click here.
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