No one-size-fits-all solution for BYOD policies, panel reveals

If there is anything certain about bring-your-own-device policies, it is that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for organizations.

As noted in a customer panel at the Citrix Synergy conference in Anaheim, Calif., last week, BYOD policies come in many forms depending on the organization and its security and culture. But as noted in an article at TechTarget, whatever the particulars are of the policy, IT should "go with a mobile device management (MDM) approach that locks down an employee device or use mobile application management (MAM) to secure the data used in enterprise applications."

Some organizations are also learning that BYOD programs may not need to cast a wide net throughout the workforce. Indeed, Sony Pictures Entertainment has greatly reduced the number of users in its BYOD program from several hundred to fewer than 100, the article says.

"We're struggling to include more and more people because they don't like the security language," Sony Pictures Entertainment director of IT mobile technologies Laurie Elmore was quoted. "Security is saying, 'if you leave, I can take your device, I can copy your pictures and text messages."

The panel discussion also noted that different laws may impact BYOD programs, either within specific states or countries. As an example, the article says that German laws don't allow electrical utilities company EnBW to lock onto a device with full MDM control. So the utility is solely focused on an MAM approach.

"We just want to take control of the applications we deliver and what the content of the applications is," Boris Schroeder, team lead for IT mobile solutions at EnBW was quoted.

Another interesting revelation from the panel discussion was that Citrix finds fewer security incidents with BYOD devices than with corporate-owned devices. Michael McKiernan, vice president of business technology solutions for IT practices at Citrix, was quoted as calling this phenomenon the "rental car syndrome"--meaning people take care of their own devices better than they do the ones owned by the company.

"They lose [BYOD devices] less frequently, they get run over by cars less frequently, they get dropped in the water less frequently when the new phone comes out," McKiernan says.

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