Across the private sector, employees are increasingly using personal devices, such as smart phones and tablets, to manage their work commitments and be more productive. The same trend – known as bring your own device (or BYOD) – is making headway in the public sector, where it brings particular risks: how to keep citizens’ confidential information secure? How to manage the blurring of boundaries between work and home? How to understand and meet the costs associated with BYOD?
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The biggest risk of all for the public sector, however, lies in ignoring BYOD. If organisations fail to assess the impact BYOD is likely to have, they risk sleepwalking into a situation where personal devices hold and process sensitive information without organisations’ or citizens’ knowledge or control.
Preparing a BYOD strategy can give your organisation the chance to review existing policies on how staff use IT and how information is managed. It also gives you the chance to mitigate the risks associated with BYOD and explore the real benefits to services and productivity that even a limited adoption of BYOD can bring.
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