Bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives have been popping up all year long. There are countless reasons why this trend has been exploding across government.
The consumerization of devices and the mobile boom is certainly part of the equation; other factors include perceived cost savings, productivity and efficiency. Regardless of the factors driving BYOD, BYOD has been happening for many years before the mobile boom – but just now BYOD is starting to take off and make inroads in the public sector.
Maybe it’s my millennial behaviors coming out – but BYOD is a trend that needs to be adopted quickly within government. Recently I had the opportunity to speak with David Graziano as part of our BYOD Report: Exploring Bring Your Own Device in the Public Sector. David Graziano states, “If you embrace BYOD and make it very easy for people to get on the network and enforce policies to protect data, that is the best thing.”
Yet, BYOD implementation has challenges before it can be fully embraced by government. In David’s interview, he highlighted four core challenges for BYOD, the loss of control, protecting government data, limited access, and changing work practices for new employees (read full overview here). Although these challenges exist, there are ways to get around common roadblocks, and many of them involve agencies developing sound policy. A great starting point for government agencies is to explore the BYOD toolkit. The tool kit does an excellent job of outlining key areas for BYOD and providing strategic guidance for agencies.
Specifically, the tool kit provides five sample policies for agencies:
- Sample #1: Policy and Guidelines for Government-Provided Mobile Device Usage
- Sample #2: Bring Your Own Device – Policy and Rules of Behavior
- Sample #3: Mobile Information Technology Device Policy
- Sample #4: Wireless Communication Reimbursement Program
- Sample #5: Portable Wireless Network Access Device Policy
With the White House providing strategic guidance through these sample policies, agencies can start to overcome common roadblocks and craft internal policy for BYOD. Ultimately, BYOD has the possibility to impact the way government operates, encouraging a mobile workforce, and embracing emerging technology.
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