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Three Best Practices to Help Government Agencies Overcome BYOD Challenges

Mar 20, 2014

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is no longer the sole domain of leading-edge private enterprises. Nearly 80% of white-collar workers in the United States use a mobile device for work and approximately 95% of IT organizations allow use of employee-owned devices in some wayi. Piggybacking on its popularity in the private sector, federal and state government agencies are keen on bringing BYOD into their operations as well.

However, the preference for using personal devices over government-issued assets creates a set of new challenges for IT managers and government business leaders. Moving to a personal device-oriented environment means IT departments must rapidly adapt to an increasingly mobile workforce with new mobile-friendly infrastructure, while simultaneously taking great care to address the security of sensitive information—including data vital to national security.

This paper highlights key challenges facing government IT administrators in a BYOD environment—and discusses steps and strategies for network preparation, ongoing support, and securing information to enable widespread adoption of personal device use, while enhancing data security.