And in Mississippi, BYOD is allowed in the prison system under certain circumstances, says Jerry Horton, IT network manager for the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
But not directly around inmates or for inmates. "Inmates is a definite big 'no'," he clarifies about whether BYOD extends to the prison population, noting over 4,000 phones are confiscated every year, brought in by relatives or "thrown over the fence."
Horton says his department does accept requests for BYOD from agency employees, carefully evaluating how BYOD would help them in their jobs. There are no restrictions on mobile-device brands, but the employee does have to sign a form that agrees if they lose their smartphone, for example, it would be wiped. The SonicWall Aventail EX 6000 VPN gateway plays a role in helping define access to agency data resources for any mobile device. Some agency executives, investigators and probation parole officers, for example, have been granted BYOD privileges.
Doctor's order: Get me BYOD, stat!
Large healthcare systems with multiple hospitals and clinic locations are adopting BYOD in order to accommodate physicians with their own tablets who are on the go and want both hospital e-mail and patient data fast.
Eric Devine, chief security officer, information services at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, Ill., says his healthcare organization today issues corporate-owned Apple and Android-based tablets and smartphones to employees there. But many times physicians prefer to use their own tablets, he points out, because their jobs often take them from hospital to hospital, not necessarily even owned by the same organization.
Devine says his IT group supports BYOD for about 5% of the physicians active in the Riverside system. But BYOD doctors -- who tend to adore Apple tablet, he says -- have to install McAfee or AirWatch mobile-management software, and sign a waiver that would allow IT to wipe the personal device if it's lost. And "jailbreaking iPhones," which would be detected at once, is prohibited, though it happens from time to time as physicians turn to the teenagers in their households for help with that.
Once that happens, the MDM software ensures network access ceases and the IT staff have to rush off to find the physician and explain why that's not allowed and get them started with BYOD again, Devine says. He adds BYOD is here to stay, but today it comes with a specific burden associated with keeping track of BYOD devices, which sometimes don't appear on the network for quite some time. He adds his healthcare organization is also looking at ways it might be possible to "self-register" BYOD users.
Rick Copple, vice president and CTO at Community Health Network (CHN) in Indianapolis, also says BYOD is supported mainly to let hospital staff get corporate e-mail today, under certain conditions.