Here I am, flying home from Orlando after having a great time at Gartner Symposium. It was my first time at the show. And my first show where all my conversations were around Enterprise Mobility. What a great time I had!
It was mind-boggling, however, to see that some (yes, there are more than a few out there) enterprises still think personally owned devices do not enter their network. “Nope. We do NOT allow personal mobile devices.” “And if our users want to bring their own devices, we will manage them and lock ‘me down!” Denial! And even if you want to call it a solution, is it?
As Enterprise IT, we need to be proactive, be aware of not just today’s, but also future Mobility needs. We must be prepared to embrace both corporate and personally owned devices instead of locking down on one. Traditional laptops and PCs will not completely disappear from the enterprise yet; however, enterprise-owned or personally-owned mobile devices have made their foray into the corporate network. Burying your head in the ground will not help you anymore.
Take a step back. Reassess the situation. What are we trying to accomplish? The answer is simple – we are trying to secure our corporate data. With so many devices now, it has become less about protecting the device and more about protecting the data. When it comes to mobile devices accessing corporate data, secure and manage that part of data and not the whole device. You don’t own the device, so why do you want to manage the device? Open up your corporate data to those personal devices, but control the flow and avoid leaks. After all, your users want to stay productive and they shouldn’t have to open up a clunky corporate laptop and connect to the VPN for that. Make it easy, make it simple. Not painful.