In 2012 former MI5 boss Stella Rimington lost her laptop at Heathrow Airport. The incident highlighted why it is important for employers to have policies and procedures in place regarding how confidential information is dealt with by their employees.
The Salvation Army has embraced the challenge of implementing a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) strategy amongst its 4,000 employees.
The case study on the Rise of IT Consumerisation and BYOD was set out by Head of Corporate Systems Phil Durbin in his address to delegates attending E RADAR's Trust in Mobile Enterprise Summit in Manchester.
Delegates discussed the changing relationship between IT and the end-user. Many employees, especially young executives are now expecting their bosses to allow BYOD at work. They see it as a sign of a progressive business. The Summit's overall message was that organisations ignored BYOD at their peril.
The Salvation Army has adopted the policy that the IT department provides the services and means to connect to the corporate system, the end user provides the device. The charity's challenge is to manage control over user-liable devices in order to protect systems and networks from exposure to security risk and to prevent data breaches. The UK Information Commissioner can now fine organisations up to £0.5 million for serious breaches of data protection with stiffer penalties based upon global turnover on the horizon with the proposed EU Regulation.
Phil Durbin's presentation also provides delegates with information on the solutions the Salvation Army has chosen in implementing the BYOD policy.
The Summit was conducted under The Chatham House Rule.
Download Phil Durbin's White Paper on Bring Your Own Device