BYOD Needs Granular Controls

Thanks to its easy-to-remember acronym, the phenomenon of BYOD -- bring your own device -- is getting a lot of attention these days in the world of enterprise IT. But the truth behind the letters is that BYOD can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people, and it's not a simple, one-size-fits-all kind of strategy.

I've told you about our videos before, and if you haven't watched any yet there's not a better place to start than the most recent video interview conducted by our own Bill Laberis, this time with Kurt Roemer, Citrix' Chief Security Strategist. The title of the video, "BYOD is a work in progress," only hints at the ground covered in the brief 8-minute chat.

The parts I found most interesting are Roemer's adept explanation of how BYOD controls need to be tailored to the specific device, the user location, and what kind of work that person is expected to do. There are different security and access needs for all those variables, and as Roemer notes, there are now tools that allow for granular control, instead of mereley slapping restrictive controls across the board.

If you are new or confused by the whole BYOD movement, take a few minutes and watch this video. It will help explain that BYOD isn't just a simple buzzword but a complex idea that is a work in progress -- with lots of potential benefits to a mobile workforce.

Watch the interview with Kurt Roemer here:

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