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Why one CIO is Saying 'no' to BYOD

Tom Kaneshige | June 25, 2014
A growing backlash threatens to thwart the BYOD trend. The CIO of a large electrical contractor explains why his company will "never have a BYOD environment.'

However, company-owned devices that allow personal apps opens the door to security risks, such as sensitive company data ending up in a personal Dropbox account and not the corporate-standard Box account. MobileIron's capability to encrypt data before it gets into a Dropbox account helps blunt the risk. Rosendin Electric helped build Dropbox's data center and thus leverages its relationship to minimize exposure.

Employees Can Choose, but CIO Controls

"Do we have some shadow IT Dropbox accounts out there? Yeah, we do," Lamonica says, adding, "We cozy up to Dropbox and ask them, 'How many accounts of ours do you have out there?'"

Lamonica can ask these kinds of questions. After all, Rosendin Electric has a right to know what's running on its devices. By keeping BYOD at bay, Lamonica enjoys these and other advantages. It's something even early BYOD adopters are beginning to miss.

"Many of my colleagues and fellow CIOs started out with a BYOD policy and are now converting back to CYOD, or 'Choose Your Own Device,'" Lamonica says. "That's where you pick it out, and we buy it."

And, more importantly, the company controls it.


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