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Does BYOD mean Bring Your Own Device? Or should the D actually stand for disaster?

BYOD: D for Device or D for Disaster?

The promise of greater productivity by allowing employees to access corporate systems and data using their own smartphone is huge. But so are the risks if proper controls are not put in place to manage employee owned IT assets with the same rigor as companies should manage the corporate owned IT assets.

Employee devices can easily be used to transport data to file sharing applications such as Dropbox, meaning that control of corporate data assets is gone. Then there is the matter of compliance. Are employee owned devices in compliance with federal laws such as HIPAA or Dodd-Frank? And what about overtime? If employees have the ability to extend their work day by using their own devices, does it open a company up to unauthorized overtime pay?

There are also IT security implications. For example, is the employee keeping their device up to date with the latest security patches? And just because the employee paid for the device doesn’t mean there is no cost to the company. Software licenses on the server side most likely will be required and your service desk may have to support a wide variety of device types.

In this fourth webinar of our series, we will look at the impact of BYOD and how it affects your IT asset management program.

Our speaker for this session is Mr. Craig Boswell, President of HOBI International. As Founder and President of HOBI International, Inc., Craig plays a key role in developing HOBI’s processes and procedures for data security, asset tracking and asset disposition services. He has authored numerous papers discussing end of life electronics management techniques and technologies. Additionally, he is a sought-after speaker on a broad variety of subjects, including data security in both the mobile and traditional IT space, reuse sales, and design for disassembly technologies. Craig is the Chair of the ISRI’s Reuse and Services committee and was an active stakeholder participant in the EPA’s R2 (Responsible Recycling) certification standard process.

In his current role at HOBI, Craig travels throughout North America meeting with corporations and assisting them with designing systems that allowing them to maximize revenue and minimize cost through proper lifecycle management of IT and mobile devices. He has worked closely with corporations such as AT&T, Barnes and Noble, Nokia, and Agero to create reverse logistics, asset management, and asset disposition solutions that are industry best in class. These systems focus on data security solutions, cost reductions through innovative logistics management, and revenue maximization through sales channel optimization.

Craig holds a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.

BYOD - D for Device or D for Disaster

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