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BYOD brings fear, uncertainty and doubt to the enterprise

Tom Kaneshige | March 19, 2014
You lost your smartphone, which you also used for work. Think that's bad news? It gets worse. You wait a few days to tell IT. These days that can get you fired. So now you're thinking, 'I really wish I read that BYOD policy.' Five years after BYOD first caught fire, IT is still trying to figure out how to handle it.

After the firings, there was a slight drop in BYOD enrollment, but it soon picked up again.

"In some ways, the [policy] protects the employee," says Versen. "If you leak customer information, especially in the financial services industry, not only can the company get sued but that individual can be wearing an orange jacket as well."

BYOD employees should be thankful that a single company isn't combining all three practices — at least not yet. It'll be a crazy moment in BYOD history when a company requires you to buy a smartphone as a condition of employment, makes you pay for the phone and monthly service, and then attaches security policies to your phone that, if violated, will get you fired.

"Companies are still trying to refine their BYOD programs, find the right balance," Versen says. "It's not a one-size-fits-all, rather it's different for every company based on their culture, job function and industry."


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