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2/11/2014
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BYOD Is Like Botox

Nothing is as powerful as a successful BYOD program, but that power becomes toxic when BYOD is treated as a cosmetic fix.

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J_Brandt
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2/14/2014 | 10:47:25 AM
The Real Issues?
The big issue isn't necessarily BYOD or COPE (both have pros and cons).  The real issue isn't really even trying to combine two somewhat incompatible objectives.  The real issue is deploying the devices without the proper policies and security procedures and without an education and awareness program.  I thought maybe the banking industry had the right idea, but can even they hold out against the consumer tsunami? 
SaneIT
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2/13/2014 | 8:30:28 AM
Re: Don't Necessarily Apply Liberally
I wonder how many companies put their BYOD policies in place because of the iPhone.  I have to admit that part of this was driven by the iPhone but it wasn't just the C level management who had them, I was one of the guilty parties.  That probably made things easier since I wasn't guessing at what problems people were going to run into.  
PeteJW
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2/12/2014 | 3:38:27 PM
Re: Don't Necessarily Apply Liberally
Love it - business outcomes andf the characteristics of your workforce  driving the BYOD program -- great approach and yielding immediate tangible benefits
PeteJW
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2/12/2014 | 3:27:43 PM
Re: Have you considered COPE?
Interesting miauer1956 - I was recently talking to a CIO who described this very same approach. She didn't call it COPE, but was quick to point out it wasn't BYOD. What she did stress, however, was the need for rigorous controls especially around secure access, app and content management. 
mlauer1956
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2/12/2014 | 1:13:57 PM
Have you considered COPE?
I spend my day consulting with companies struggling with the enigma of adopting BYOD programs.  It smells great on the surface but sometimes gets nasty.

What I am beginning to speak to is COPE: Corporate Owned Employee Liable.  To be succinct, many organizations have realized that the perceived cost savings of a BYOD program may actually exceed the overall cost and time investment if they provide devices to their employees but give them the ability to use them as personal devices outside of work.

This means protecting sensitive Company data in email/PIM, documents and other applications coupled with secured controlled access by these devices to Corporate network infrastructure  and controlled focused business usage during the work day.  Technology exists today which facilitates all these requirements.  Globo Mobile Technology is one vendor of many providing these solutions.

I would rather have a homeopathic solution to removing my wrinkles rather than a shot of BOTOX for a temporary fix.  I believe that the COPE approach is gaining momentum across the nation because of this.
Laurianne
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2/12/2014 | 11:53:56 AM
Cosmetic BYOD
Is cosmetic BYOD found more commonly in a certain size company or in certain verticals? Maybe another example of focusing too much on short term goals?
jagibbons
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2/12/2014 | 9:04:23 AM
Re: Don't Necessarily Apply Liberally
That's a great approach, SaneIT. We did something similar a number of years ago after our CEO got his first (and the company's first) iPhone. We quickly flipped the situation and devised a strategic plan for how to handle the non-company-owned devices.
SaneIT
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2/12/2014 | 8:56:01 AM
Re: Don't Necessarily Apply Liberally
I agree that instituting a BYOD policy as part of a reactionary policy is a dangerous idea.  If planned correctly it can fill in the gaps of existing policies though.  We've had a BYOD policy for about 3 years now and it was mainly because we have many contract employees and employees who do not have offices connected to our corporate offices.  We designed services around standards that would allow them access to corporate resources from a variety of devices.  This lets us minimize remote support for hardware and removes our old practice of mailing hardware around the country to exchange damaged devices.  We don't have a completely open BYOD policy and allow just any device but we do try to keep the range wide enough that it's not frustrating for our employees to find something that fits their needs. 
jagibbons
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2/12/2014 | 8:28:12 AM
Re: Don't Necessarily Apply Liberally
As my boss, our COO, likes to say, we need to be very intentional about our BYOD strategy. Reactionary behavior is what tends to cause legal and security risks. Think it through and make decisions that have the future end-state in mind. BYOD can be done very well, but that won't happen by accident.
PeteJW
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2/11/2014 | 6:03:27 PM
Re: Powering the BYOD movement!
Well said - security of the devices will be essential, as will  dynamically controlling app and content classifiaction and access policies at a very granular granular level - BUT - still retaining the native app experience specific to the device. Security will be bypassed if the user has to sacrifice usability.
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