Category Archives: BYOD

Amazon’s Kindle Fire for Enterprise Use?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Amazon Kindle Fire was released this week with a record-setting one million plus preordered tablets being shipped. Reviews of the device have been lukewarm with many reviewers pointing to the less than powerful 1Ghz processor. From an enterprise point of view the Fire isn’t really important, at least not yet. None of the major MDM providers offer an agent designed to work with the modified version of Android 2.2 that powers the tablet. It is rumored that Amazon is planning to update the Fire OS to make use of Android 2.3 or maybe even 3.0 sometime in the near future. With the Fire expected to be a popular gift this holiday season, we could see pressure on the enterprise … Continue reading »

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Security Policies

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Creating an effective security policy for personal devices accessing the corporate network You probably already have a wireless security policy governing the use of corporately owned devices, but what about those employee owned devices? If you don’t already have a good Bring Your Own Device policy, then your organization falls into one of two scenarios: Personal devices are being blocked from the corporate network and therefore your company is missing out on the free increased productivity associated with an employee making use of a mobile device. Personal devices are already accessing your corporate network, with or without your knowledge, and you aren’t doing anything to ensure that this is being done securely. In either case your organization can likely benefit … Continue reading »

What is Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

“Bring Your Own Device” refers to employees using their own personal mobile devices (typically smartphones or tablets) for business use. Two trends have been major causes of the BYOD phenomenon: Companies wanting to reduce complexity and cost of managing mobility Employees wanting to use the most popular devices that they use as consumers, instead of the device provided by their employer BYOD causes some challenges. Employees may feel that costs are being offloaded to them, and some system of expense chargeback or stipend may be needed. Technology designed for consumer use is typically not suited for an enterprise environment, and software such as Mobile Device Management (MDM) is required. The term BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) has also been used, … Continue reading »