When integrating private devices with government systems, agencies often incur potential liability for how the devices are used. As such, federal agencies need to put in place the policies and technologies needed to maintain an appropriate level of control. In terms of policy, approved usages and required controls should be spelled out with users granting the agency authority to monitor and manage the device (e.g., remote wipe government data if the device is lost). Technically, many of these functions can be fulfilled by a properly configured Mobile Device Management (MDM) infrastructure, which underscores MDM’s importance in the enterprise management of mobile devices. The real opportunity is to standardize these user agreements across the federal government (they may be tiered) to simplify administration, ensure consistent enforcement and allow for the development of specialized technology to enforce key provisions.

John Conley


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