re: Can IT Be Trusted With Personal Devices?
A lot of question marks in those comments partner, a few of which I can relate personal experience. Who is bringing devices, everyone from the GenX who approaches IT with the attitude that BYOD is a right and they know because they've read all about the push through IT online publications to the CEO who is an rabid Apple supporter and doesn't care what the rest of the company does, IT will make his Apple devices (iphone, pad, MAC and laptop) integrate and take care of this home PC as well for remote access. So you now have 4 non standard devices. I've worked in capital restricted companies which provide EOL equipment and senior managers who are willing to fund their own laptops rather than suffer with outdated equipment (try using a five year old laptop with less than 500mb RAM on today's interactive Flash enabled Web2.0 sites).
From the moment IT accepts the BYOD strategy, then they must accept the responsibility to protect at least the corporate data which will eventually be stored on the devices. A use policy which outlines responsibilities for data protection, the extent of IT responsibilities, and problem resolution methods should not only provided but part of a verbal briefing with the employee and documented (countersigned for receipt and understanding) before the device is configured for corporate use.
In the end, one concept must be a kind of guiding beacon. IT is present to support business and business objectives, the business is not there to support IT's (the dog has to wag the tail, not the tail wag the dog). It should drive acquisition, it should be used to develop strategic projects, and it should be in the forefront when designing IT policy and procedures. Business must only understand the cost of their needs and desires and treat them accordingly (needs being necessary, desires nice to have options).