Is Buy Your Own Device really the same as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)?

I was with a contact of mine the other day who was telling me about his visit to the Government ICT 2.0 event recently. He works for Unisys.

Unisys had a stand at the conference and were handing out business cards with USB cards built in. These cards had white papers and other information about BYOD programmes.

The challenge facing government BYOD is one that revolves around security. Security rules and paranoia make BYOD tough. For example attendees at they Government ICT 2.0 event that visited the Unisys stand had to say no to the USB cards containing information about implementing BYOD. This is because they are not allowed to plug them into their devices due to security fears.

The government is eager for public sector organisations, particularly local government to introduce BYOD schemes to cut costs.

The government last week issued security approval for public sector organisations to offer bring your own device (BYOD) schemes for employees to access data and applications using their own smartphones and tablets. “What is necessary is that the device is placed under the management authority of the enterprise for the complete duration it is permitted to access official information. Hence, a BYOD model is possible – although not recommended for a variety of technical and non-technical reasons,” it said.

So you buy your own device to save your employer money but it is not really yours.

Is working from home also BYOD? Buy Your Own Desk.