April 22, 2013

BYOD & The Law

When implementing an MDM strategy around a BYOD environment there could be some legal ramifications to consider. According to NextGov.com, the Veterans Affairs Department has decided against allowing any personal devices to be used for VA business. The key tipping point is the eventual determination as to whether inspectors general or any other investigative entity has the right to access and view an employee's personal data stored on a device that could be used both professionally and personally.

While this level of oversight is common in government, there could be an issue with corporate access as well. I'm sure there's some lawyer out there who'd jump at the chance to shepherd a test case through the judicial system. So while you are ruminating an MDM solution of choice for your organization, it's prudent to consider the burgeoning case being made for BYOD and how it could be exploited both by malicious outside entities and internal assets. The one thing you cannot do is bury your head in the sand and pretend it will just go away, because all the statistics show that it won't. It's better to be prepared and have a policy in place than to play catch-up and risk feeding your lawyer's family instead of your own.

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