March 08, 2013, 2:14 PM — After listening to Intel's vice president and chief information security office Malcolm Harkins speak at the RSA show last week it's no surprise that the chipmaking giant has a successful BYOD program. As part of his remarks to the RSA audience Harkins said Intel is "enterprising the consumer" in its BYOD plan, making it easy for employees to use security by spelling out all the details of mobile management.
For many companies, the thinking is not so advanced, as our recent video interview with analyst Jack Gold notes. Intel is not a company that is searching for mobile management answers. Instead it's providing them, through simple but powerful plans like putting together a list that shows what different devices will be able to do under Intel's mobile security plans. What that means is that if you want to exclusively use a smartphone, you might not be able to access the same kinds of data that you can with a laptop, because the latter is easier to secure.
"If you specify [what can be done] I think most users will accept that," Harkins said. "You've made it easy for them."
Being clear and upfront with users helps Intel negotiate what Harkins calls the "Rubik's cube of risk" inherent in a mobile BYOD world. BYOD is great, but there are legal issues and HR issues with people using personal devices for company work, Harkins said. "You have to set expectations about the rights the company has to get information off that device" if necessary. Sounds like Intel is getting it right, so far.
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