State and local governments beginning to allow BYOD

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While reluctant to embrace bring-your-own-device efforts at first due to support and security concerns, a number of state and local governments have begun to allow employees to bring personal gadgets to work.

To support these devices securely, state and local governments are increasingly deploying cloud-based mobility management, explains an article at StateTech Magazine.  

For example, Michigan's executive branch prohibited BYOD until Governor Rick Snyder took office in 2011. After that, the state's IT teams needed a way to control and manage 17,000 BYOD users, but it didn't have the money, staff or infrastructure to do so.

Michigan turned to Fiberlink to deploy its cloud-based Maas360 mobile device management product, the report relates. The cloud-based MDM gives the state's IT personnel the ability to manage those devices as well as secure mobile access.

With cloud-based solutions, "you can get rolling with MDM a lot faster, and often with greater functionality and ease of use," Craig Mathias, principal with advisory firm Farpoint Group, tells StateTech.

The city government of Stuart, Fla., uses AirWatch's cloud-based MDM service to manage and secure email and file access for its 50 BYOD users.

"More and more, city employees have the expectation that they'll be able to carry out their jobs on their own smartphones and tablets. Using MDM as a service gets us closer to meeting this expectation," Kevin Edwards, the city's information services director, tells the magazine.

Edwards said they chose a cloud-based product because it can support the various mobile operating systems (OS) and it is accommodating when it comes to updates.

"On the day that a new mobile OS launches, AirWatch is ready to go with support," he says.

For more:
- read the StateTech article

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