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Policies to protect: Persuading your employees you need control

"Third, develop a mobile policy as part of your IT strategy and ensure it is aligned with business strategy."



Alan CaneFinancial Times27 February 2012


PA’s Dan Rossner, IT expert, is quoted in an article in the Financial Times, The Connected Business special report on mobile communications.  Dan gives his view on how organisations can manage the arrival of smart phones and tablet computers in the business environment.  Many employees are turning to Apple and Android powered phones and are often using their personal devices. There are serious and well founded anxieties about how to manage this plethora of new devices and what to do if they are lost or stolen.

The article goes on to look at the importance of a “device management” strategy. Dan suggests six principles for IT directors anxious to establish a device management programme: “First: be proactive in putting forward a policy but listen to your staff. Second, look at actual rather than imagined risks. Third, develop a mobile policy as part of your IT strategy and ensure it is aligned with business strategy.

“Fourth, accept that decisions must be based on a sound business case.

“Fifth, consider establishing an enterprise app store – people are familiar with downloading apps for their personal use and IT departments could encourage staff to do so for business use. Six, establish a clear policy for employees who bring their own phones or tablets to work.”

You can read the article in full here.

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