Read about legal challenges that exist today in the BYOD realm and how your organization can overcome them.
Do you Wi-Fi, or do you data hog? That is the question. Right now, a best practice for staying under your data limit is to maintain awareness of your consumption level. Individuals who stay on top of this usually know where the next-closest Wi-Fi network is. And make a habit of staying connected to it early and often! As per a report from comScore (comparing users of the top two most popular mobile platforms) you're more likely to receive this helpful advise from an iPhone user than you are an Android user. This information spells both good and bad news for IT administrators tasked with managing a diverse mix of smartphones and tablets.
Proponents of enterprise bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs have taken a two-pronged approach to their argument. The first is simple: you have a personal device with all of your contacts, apps, and personal settings configured, so why complicate things by using a different device at work? The added benefits are of the many; you free up some space in your bag or pocket, you can respond to urgent matters no matter where you are or what time it is--finally, your work resources, materials, and documents are centralized in one place. And let's remember: using your own device makes it possible to do serious work a fun way. You'll find yourself transformed into a more productive worker. Let's face it, those who are buying in to it have an edge over those who aren't.
On March 1st, 2010, the state of Massachusetts raised the bar for companies and their IT organizations by implementing tough legislation that requires new protections for customer data. Any organization that has customers located in Massachusetts will have to abide by 201 CMR 17.00: Standards for the Protection of Personal Information of Residents of the Commonwealth, aka, the Mass Data Protection Law. This regulation applies to all organizations "who own, license, store or maintain personal information about a resident of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts."