re: Can IT Be Trusted With Personal Devices?
I'd like to agree with you, and in a perfect world this would be the solution. But I've dealt with end users, and experiance teaches me that I can bend over backwards, provide the software support, show them how to do backups -- but unless the process is 100% automated, the user is never going to do. No matter what threats, training, or explaining you do... they won't do it -- but they will complain like crazy if they get wiped. Now be honest is your home system regularly backed up? Phone , pad? If yes you are probably a techie, and a part of a very small group, because even techie's don't back up their personal devices. Mine are, because everything is 100% automated.
So you say automation is the solution, but if the company is doing the backup, where is it putting the backups? Because now those backups include their employees personal data - which opens so many cans of worms, because employee x is downloading illegal copies of movies and music, employee y had their personal legal law suit info on their machine, and now it is discoverable in his lawsuit..... how does a company do an auto backup if the data needs to not be on company assets?
And in what special place do you have users who will do weekly backups of their phones, pads, and laptops.....just saying.