10 hard truths IT must learn to accept

Unsanctioned devices, compromised networks, downtime -- today's IT is all about embracing imperfections

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IT concession No. 1: The BYOD revolution is here to stay

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More workplaces these days resemble a geeky party that's BYOD (bring your own device). The problem? Many IT departments never got an invitation or failed to RSVP.

"Users will simply go around IT and use personal tech for business purposes," says Nathan Clevenger, chief software architect at ITR Mobility. "That is a much more dangerous situation from a security standpoint than supporting the consumer devices in the first place."

IT needs to steer a course between blocking consumer tech and allowing unfettered access to the network from any device, notes Raffi Tchakmakjian, VP of product management at Trellia.

"BYOD is a scenario IT departments are learning to live with, but they struggle to manage them from a security, cost, and operations perspective," he says.

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