BYOD offers tricks and treats for enterprises, say analysts

Loss of sensitive data and network backdoors are just a few of the enterprise challenges

By Fred Donovan

Here's a spooky scenario: The chief executive officer of the firm just got a new iPad Mini, and he wants to bring it into work. He is impressed by its features and says its flexibility will help him perform his duties.

So he calls up IT and tells them he wants to use it to send email, enter appointments into his calendar, add contacts, download apps and a bunch of other cool things.

"But sir, our policy is not to allow personally-owned mobile devices on the corporate network," replies the chief information officer. (Or should we say the former CIO, because a CIO who wants to keep his or her job is not going to give that response.)

So, what is a CIO to do? He'll likely have to bite the bullet and figure out how the CEO can download web applications without endangering the entire corporate network. And if the company does allow its employees to bring personal mobile devices to work, the problems multiply exponentially.

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