BYOD – Should family members use the device?

BYOD (Bring your own device) is a great concept and it can work.  I recently read an article on an opinion that made mereally think of how some look at this concept and its security as though the IT pros are over protective.

The opinion was that if you used BYOD,  how it would change business and industry to a point that it could help these entities by having employees be more productive.   The opinion went on to say that the IT personnel were looking at password changes, encryption and remote wiping of the device along with wiping the device if the password was attempted too many times.   The concern (author of the article) was if your child used the device, the child could erase the device and personal data on the device.   Should anyone use the device in your family if company data (email, documents, etc.) is on the device?

My belief is that if company documents were or are on the device, it is a way to PROTECT the data on the device if it falls in the wrong hands.  (See the Identity Theft Resource Center’s breaches).   Companies should protect the data.


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The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - is one of 46 institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents System, the seventh largest system of higher education in the nation. This system comprises six universities, fourteen community colleges, and twenty-six Applied Technology Colleges.
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