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The Risks and Benefits of Allowing Employee-Owned Devices

Joe Mont | June 5, 2012

Fueled by the popularity of the iPhone and iPad—and aided by the uncertain future of Research in Motion, maker of that longtime business staple the BlackBerry—companies are increasingly embracing a “bring-your-own-device” workplace.

No longer content with just a company-issued desktop or laptop, employees are looking to thumb their way through e-mail and what is often sensitive company data whenever, and wherever, they choose on devices they purchase themselves. The trend has forced companies to weigh the benefits of a happy, productive workforce with security issues and regulatory requirements.

“I think the BYOD discussion is going to come down to how much you can get away with before you introduce harm,” says Davi Ottenheimer, president of information security firm Flyingpenguin. “If you give employees a workspace that they are able to own, and run with... To get the full story, subscribe now.